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    DescriptionThis 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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    Title
    Balthus: A Biography
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Nicholas Fox Weber
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 656
    Width: 158 mm
    Height: 232 mm
    Thickness: 48 mm
    Weight: 1,096 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9781564789921
    ISBN 10: 1564789926
    Classifications

    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 25830
    B&T Book Type: NF
    BIC E4L: BIO
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T4.1
    BIC subject category V2: BGF
    B&T Modifier: Region of Publication: 01
    BIC subject category V2: AGB, AFC
    B&T General Subject: 170
    B&T Modifier: Subject Development: 03
    B&T Modifier: Academic Level: 05
    Ingram Subject Code: BA
    Libri: I-BA
    DC22: B
    BIC subject category V2: ACX
    BISAC V2.8: ART015000
    B&T Modifier: Continuations: 02
    B&T Approval Code: A23306400
    B&T Merchandise Category: UP
    B&T Approval Code: A03507070
    BISAC V2.8: BIO001000
    DC22: 759.4
    BISAC V2.8: ART020000
    LC subject heading: , ,
    DC23: 759.4
    Thema V1.0: AGB, AGA, DNBF
    LC classification: ND553.B23 W43 2013
    Thema V1.0: AFC
    Edition statement
    Reprint
    Illustrations note
    black & white illustrations
    Publisher
    Dalkey Archive Press
    Imprint name
    Dalkey Archive Press
    Publication date
    05 April 2014
    Publication City/Country
    Normal, IL
    Author Information
    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.
    Review quote
    "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