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[French Painter, 1908-2001]

• Also known as:  Count Balthasar Klossowski de Rola
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Original works by Balthus available for purchase at art galleries worldwide
Paintings in Museums and Public Art Galleries Worldwide:
Notable SiteArt Institute of Chicago

Notable SiteHirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Washington D.C.
Many works online

Notable SiteBalthus at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York City
2 works by Balthus online

Notable SiteBalthus at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York City

Notable SiteMuseum of Modern Art, New York City
12 works online when last checked

Notable SiteNational Galleries of Scotland, Edinburgh

Art Collection of the Biblioteca Luis Ángel Arango, Colombia

Harvard University Art Museums, Massachusetts

Indiana University Art Museum, Bloomington - Provenance Research Project
The Window, 1933

Indianapolis Museum of Art, Indiana

Minneapolis Institute of Arts, Minnesota
The Living Room, 1941-43

Musée Cantini, Marseilles, France (in French)  
Nature morte la lampe

Musee Jenisch, Vevey, Switzerland (in French)  
Paysage de Monte Calvello, 1994-98

Musee Jenisch, Vevey, Switzerland (in French)  
Balthus: De Piero della Francesca Alberto Giacometti

Museum of Modern Art, New York City - Provenance Research Project
4 works by Balthus

National Gallery of Victoria, Australia
Nude with cat

Palazzo Ruspoli, Rome (in Italian)  
Portrait de Boris Kochno, 1951

Philadelphia Museum of Art
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2 works by Balthus online

Tate Gallery, London, UK

Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum, Madrid
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Art Market:
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Christie's Past Sale Archive   NEW!
(database goes as far back as 1991; images go about as far back as 1999)

Sotheby's Sold Lot Archive   NEW!
(database goes as far back as 1998; images where permitted by copyright go about as far back as 2001)

Pictures from Image Archives:
Notable SiteWorld Visit Guide (formerly Insecula)

Arterotismo (contains nudity)
26 works

Ciudad de la Pintura (in Spanish)  

El Poder de la Palabra (The Power of the Word) (in Spanish)  

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Articles and Reference Sites:
Notable SiteEncyclopedia Britannica complete article on Balthus  
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Notable SiteUnion List of Artist Names (Getty Museum)  
Reference sheet with basic information about the artist and pointers to other references.

Notable SiteWikipedia, the "Open Content" Encyclopedia
Biographical info

Frieze Magazine
Review (from issue 64): Balthus

Oxford Dictionary of Art (eNotes)  

Salon Magazine
"Balthus' Provocative Poses"

Time Magazine
"The Nymphets of Balthus", 1977 article by Robert Hughes

Time Magazine
"Poisoned Innocence, Surface Calm", 1984 article by Robert Hughes

Time Magazine
"A Foundling of the Louvre", 2001 article by Robert Hughes

"Look Inside" and "Search Inside" Books at Amazon
Look Inside Books:Selections from the books listed below are scanned in, in high res. Text is clearly readable and art reproductions vary from so-so to excellent. Don't miss the fact that you can usually zoom in via the "View" drop-down menu, along the top row of Amazon's Online Reader.            
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Vanished Splendors: A Memoir

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Balthus Catalogue Raisonne of the Complete Works

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Painter's House: Balthus at the Grand Chalet


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