From the beginning of his long career, Count Balthazar Klossowski de Rola's work was singled out for its enigmatic qualities. Committed to figurative painting even as abstraction dominated the art scene, his dream-like canvases garnered him praise from the Surrealists. As he gradually embarked on new, incendiary subject matter - populating his ...Read MoreFrom the beginning of his long career, Count Balthazar Klossowski de Rola's work was singled out for its enigmatic qualities. Committed to figurative painting even as abstraction dominated the art scene, his dream-like canvases garnered him praise from the Surrealists. As he gradually embarked on new, incendiary subject matter - populating his paintings with intimate images of pre-pubescent girls - Balthus trod a thin line between innocence and prurience, and fast became one of the most controversial of painters. This is a survey of Balthus's life and work published to coincide with an exhibition at the Palazzo Grassi in Venice in 2001, the year of his death. The book explores his many influences, his long Italian sojourns, his contacts with the theatre, and his love of Chinese painting, the essence of which he frequently invoked in his own work. As well as colour illustrations, this volume contains interviews with the artist, recollections from those who knew him, and essays by various art historians.Read Less
Reader copy. Ex-library hardback with dust jacket in protective sleeve, dj a little creased, minor shelf wear to edges of boards & dj, some handling marks to text block/page edges, usual library stamps/markings, otherwise internally good/v. good, clear text/illustrations, binding fine, Balthus, 496pp, published 2001 by Thames & Hudson, isbn0500093032, 400 colour illustrations, this catalogue of the major exhibition at the Palazzo Grassi in Venice is the definitive survey of the life and work of this extraordinary artist, if more information or pictures required please contact us, weighing 2.8kg will ship overseas for extra postage, ready for immediate despatch.
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Very Good. 2001. Hardcover. Cloth, dj, 4to, 496 pp. b&w and color plates throughout. Includes biography and index of works. Minor bumping and shelf-wear to dj. Otherwise, very good. Very Good. (Subject: Art).
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