Surrealism à la Courbet

Nicholas Penny

  • Balthus: Catalogue raisonné of the Complete Works by Jean Clair and Virginie Monnier
    Abrams, 576 pp, £140.00, January 2000, ISBN 0 8109 6394 9
  • Balthus by Nicholas Fox Weber
    Weidenfeld, 650 pp, £30.00, May 2000, ISBN 0 297 64323 1

Balthus first attracted notice early in 1934 with a small exhibition at the Galerie Pierre in Paris. Several of the works he showed – The Street, The Window and Alice – seem as startling now as they must have done then. This Catalogue raisonné, published not long before the artist’s death earlier this year, enables us to determine the unremarkable ingredients that so surprisingly and so explosively combined to make these paintings possible.

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