14.11.2018  •  Art NEWS

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Balthus - der letzte grosse Meister mit rund 40 bedeutenden Gemälden noch bis Ende Dezember 2018 in der Fondation Beyeler

 "Die Malerei ist eine Sprache für sich allein. Sie ist diejenige, die ich gebrauche, und sie ist unübersetzbar," so Balthus der mit vollem Namen Balthasar Klossowski de Rola (1908–2001) hiess und zu den letzten grossen Meistern der Kunst des 20. Jahrhunderts und zu den meist und of kontrovers diskutierten Künstlern der Moderne zählt.

Die Fondation Beyeler widmet ihm noch bis 1sten Januar 2019 eine retrospektiv angelegte Ausstellung, die rund 40 bedeutende Gemälde aus sämtlichen Schaffensphasen vereint und Balthus‘ vieldeutige Bildwelt reflektiert. "In seinen ebenso ruhevollen wie spannungsreichen Werken treffen Gegensätze zusammen, die Wirklichkeit und Traum, Erotik und Unbefangenheit, Sachlichkeit und Rätselhaftigkeit sowie Vertrautes und Unheimliches auf einzigartige Weise verbinden. " so die weltberühmte Stiftung über den Künstler. GoSee : fondationbeyeler.ch 


About - Balthasar Klossowski de Rola (February 29, 1908 – February 18, 2001), known as Balthus, was a Polish-French modern artist. He is known for his erotically charged images of pubescent girls, but also for the refined, dreamlike quality of his imagery.  Throughout his career, Balthus rejected the usual conventions of the art world. He insisted that his paintings should be seen and not read about, and he resisted any attempts made to build a biographical profile. A telegram sent to the Tate Gallery as it prepared for its 1968 retrospective of his works read:

"NO BIOGRAPHICAL DETAILS. BEGIN: BALTHUS IS A PAINTER OF WHOM NOTHING IS KNOWN. NOW LET US LOOK AT THE PICTURES. REGARDS   B." 

So here is just one biographical story for you on GoSee : In 1917 his parents separated, and his mother moved with the two boys to Geneva. They lived in a modest flat at 11, rue Pré-Jérôme, a comfortable neighborhood.[9] About a year later his mother became the lover of Rilke. Balthus undoubtedly experienced this replacement of his father as a fairly traumatic event, especially given the romantic ecstasies and agonies of his mother's relationship with Rilke, which probably made him feel jealous and abandoned.[10] However, Rilke was very impressed with the young "Baltusz"'s artistic talent, and helped him to publish his first work in 1921, at the age of 13. This was a book titled Mitsou which included forty drawings by Balthus and a preface by Rilke. The comic-book-style pictures depicted the story of a young boy who loses his beloved cat. The themes of the story foreshadowed Balthus's lifelong fascination with cats, along with a feeling of loss or disappearance.
 en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Balthus

 
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