Balthazar Klossowski de Rola
( French, 1908 - 2001 )
Portrait of a Girl
Original lithograph printed in black and gray ink on Arches paper with full margins and lower deckled edge. After a crayon drawing by Balthus. Hand signed by the artist "Balthus" in pencil, lower right, and numbered lower left, "137/150.” From the album of six lithographs entitled "Dessins" printed by Atelier Desjobers, Paris. Published by Editions de la Tempete and Editions Enrico Navarra, Paris, 1994.
Image size: 22 3/4” x 16 1/4”, framed: 37 1/4" x 30 1/4"
During the 1930s he lived and worked in Paris, moving south to Chassy in the 1950's, where he lived in Chateau de Chassy until 1961. Throughout this period he was appreciated only by a small band of artists and writers including Picasso, Giacometti and Camus, and supported by a consortium of patrons. In 1961 he was appointed Director of the French Academy in Rome and around this time his work achieved the widespread recognition that had previously eluded him.
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