BALTHUS: Cats & Girls


BALTHUS: Cats & Girls

SABINE REWALD    Book Number: 85800    Product format: Hardback

Balthus's lifelong curiosity with the ambiguities and dark side of childhood resulted in his best-known and most iconic works. In these pictures, Balthus (1908-2001) mingles intuition into his young sitters' psyches with overt erotic desire and forbidding austerity, making them among the most powerful depictions of childhood and adolescence ever committed to canvas. Often included in these scenes are Thérèse with white knickers showing and enigmatic cats, possible stand-ins for the artist himself. The book focusses on the early decades of the artist's career from the mid-1930s to the 1950s. Drawing on extensive knowledge of the artist's life and work, as well as on interviews with Balthus and the models themselves, Sabine Rewald explores the origins and permutations of Balthus's obsessions. She addresses the crucial influence of such key figures as poet Rainer Maria Rilke, his mother's lover, who acted as Balthus's surrogate father, but also includes the previously unknown voices of the girl models: their recollections and comments provide a unique perspective on some of the best known and most controversial paintings of the 20th century. 176pp, 171 illus, 137 in colour plus woodcuts. Published by the Met, New York, 2013 first printing.
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ISBN 9780300197013
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