Balthus: A Biography

Balthus: A Biography

Paperback Dalkey Archive Scholarly

By (author) Nicholas Fox Weber

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  • Publisher: Dalkey Archive Press
  • Format: Paperback | 656 pages
  • Dimensions: 157mm x 234mm x 51mm | 1,089g
  • Publication date: 5 April 2014
  • Publication City/Country: Normal, IL
  • ISBN 10: 1564789926
  • ISBN 13: 9781564789921
  • Edition statement: Reprint
  • Illustrations note: black & white illustrations
  • Sales rank: 961,489

Product description

This is the first full-scale biography of one of the most elusive and enigmatic painters of our time--the self-proclaimed Count Balthus Klossowski de Rola--whose brilliant, markedly sexualized portraits, especially of young girls, are among the most memorable images in contemporary art. The artist's complexities are clarified and his genius understood in a book that derives its immediacy from the author's long and intense conversations with Balthus himself--who never previously consented to discuss his life and work with a biographer--as well as Weber's interviews with the painter's closest associates. First published by Knopf in 1999, now available for the first time from Dalkey Archive Press.

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Nicholas Fox Weber is the Executive Director of the Josef and Anna Albers Foundation and has written extensively about each artist, as well as curating many major exhibitions and retrospectives of their work. Weber is a graduate of Columbia College and Yale University; he is the author of fourteen books including The Bauhaus Group, Le Corbusier, The Clarks of Cooperstown, Patron Saints, The Art of Babar and The Drawings of Josef Albers. Weber is currently at work on a biography of Piet Mondrian.

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"A book that often reads like an update of one of those late novels of Henry James -- as adapted, say, by Vladimir Nabokov -- in which the narrator finds all appearances to be deceptive and every revelation is calculated to raise more questions than it answers." -- Hilton Kramer, Wall Street Journal "Weber explores Balthus's many influences, from the work of Piero della Francesca to psychoanalytic theory and his brother's fascination with the Marquis de Sade... a splendid account of a complex life and as fine an artist's biography as this season is likely to produce." -- Publishers Weekly "Probing the inner man and his work, the author partially explains the mystique that has surrounded this critically acclaimed and self-invented painter whose surreal, sexually charged images are both disturbing and haunting." -- Library Journal