Balthus at the Metropolitan Museum of Art – New York

Balthus at the Metropolitan Museum of Art – New York

September 25, 2013 through January 12, 2014 – Focusing on the finest works in the artist’s oeuvre, “Balthus: Cats and Girls – Paintings and Provocations,” features 35 paintings created from the 1930s to the 1950s by the artist famed for his mysterious portraits of pensive adolescents dreaming or reading, often with a cat nearby, in rooms that appear isolated from the outside world. The first US exhibition devoted to Balthus in thirty years, this installation includes the four works in the Met’s permanent collection augmented by exceptional loans from museums and private collection around the world including the controversial, “Thérèse Dreaming,” from 1934. Also included in the display and never before seen in public is the, “Mitsou,” series consisting of forty small ink drawings created when the artist was only eleven years old that illustrate his adventures with a stray tomcat, works that so impressed the German poet Rainer Maria Rilke he published them in 1921.

Central to the exhibition are the celebrated series of portraits Balthus painted in Paris during the 1930s of his young neighbor, Thérèse Blanchard, posed in his austere studio alone, with her cat or with her two brothers. In other works created in Switzerland in the 1940s during and after the Second World War, the forbidding austerity of his Paris studio is replaced with more colorful interiors in which a series of different young girls daydream, read or nap like in 1949’s, “Nude with Cat.” The exhibition concludes with representations of Frédérique Tison, Balthus’s favorite model from the 1950s who he painted at the Château de Chassy in the Morvan when his signature style became more elaborately textured, best exemplified in 1955’s, “Girl at a Window.”

“Thérèse Dreaming” (1938) - Balthus

“Thérèse Dreaming” (1938) – Balthus

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Metropolitan Museum of Art

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September 25, 2013 through January 12, 2014


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