Friday, February 27, 2009

Balthus Reunited

The largest painting, The Mountain, recently returned from the Philippe de Montebello exhibition to join three other paintings by the Polish/French artist, Balthasar Kłossowski de Rola (aka Balthus).

I am strangely drawn to Balthus; his flattened perspective and muted palette strike me as interesting, though not particularly beautiful. His paintings are stylistically unique, taking on characteristics of both medieval and modern portraiture, slightly abstracting the human figures and environments, while remaining relatively faithful to realism compared to the work of his contemporaries (Picasso, Miró, Giacometti).

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