Balthus (Balthasar Klossowski de Rola) (1908-2001) Nu debout (Executed circa 1948)
Lot 82* AR
Balthus (Balthasar Klossowski de Rola)
(1908-2001)
Nu debout
£ 7,000 - 10,000
US$ 9,100 - 13,000

Lot Details
Balthus (Balthasar Klossowski de Rola) (1908-2001) Nu debout (Executed circa 1948)
Balthus (Balthasar Klossowski de Rola) (1908-2001)
Nu debout
signed with the artist's monogram 'B.' (upper left)
pencil on paper
26.8 x 20.9cm (10 9/16 x 8 1/4in).
Executed circa 1948

Footnotes

  • Provenance
    Private collection, New York.
    Thence by descent to the present owner.

    Literature
    V. Monnier & J. Clair, Balthus, catalogue raisonné de l'oeuvre complet, Verona, 1999, no. D622 (illustrated p. 249).

    This evocative drawing probably depicts Georgette Coslin, one of Balthus' favourite models, and was made in connection with the painting Jeune fille à sa toilette, now in a private collection (V. Monnier & J. Clair, ibid, 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 The present work, and by extension the painting, can be dated with some certainty to 1948 since the previously unpublished verso of this drawing shows a relatively advanced study for Balthus' set design for Albert Camus' L'Etat de Siège, which received its first performance at the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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