Balthus (Balthasar Klossowski de Rola) (1908-2001) Portrait de jeune fille 10 1/2 x 8 1/4 in (26.9 x 21 cm) (Drawn in 1948)

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Lot 16
Balthus
(Balthasar Klossowski de Rola) (1908-2001)
Portrait de jeune fille 10 1/2 x 8 1/4 in (26.9 x 21 cm)

US$ 20,000 - 25,000
£ 15,000 - 19,000

Impressionist & Modern Art

17 May 2017, 17:00 EDT

New York

Balthus (Balthasar Klossowski de Rola) (1908-2001)
Portrait de jeune fille
signed with 'B.' (upper left)
pencil on paper (recto); design for a theater set in pen and ink (verso)
10 1/2 x 8 1/4 in (26.9 x 21 cm)
Drawn in 1948

Footnotes

  • Literature
    V. Monnier and J. Clair, Balthus, Catalogue Raisonné of the Complete Works, New York, 1999, p. 249, no. D622 (illustrated).

    This evocative drawing probably depicts Georgette Coslin, one of Balthus' favorite models, and was made in connection with the painting Jeune fille à sa toilette, now in a private collection (V. Monnier and J. Clair, op. cit., no. P188). The present work, and by extension the painting, can be dated with some certainty to 1948 since the previously unpublished verso of this drawing shows a relatively advanced study for Balthus' set design for Albert Camus' L'Etat de Siège, which received its first performance at the Théâtre Marigny, Paris, on 27 October 1948.
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Balthus (Balthasar Klossowski de Rola) (1908-2001) Portrait de jeune fille 10 1/2 x 8 1/4 in (26.9 x 21 cm) (Drawn in 1948)
Balthus (Balthasar Klossowski de Rola) (1908-2001) Portrait de jeune fille 10 1/2 x 8 1/4 in (26.9 x 21 cm) (Drawn in 1948)
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