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The Metropolitan Museum of are has an exhibition of art from the collection of Pierre Matisse (son of Henri). I saw there a couple of paintings that were disturbingly (to me) erotic. The painter is Balthus, this was the first time I became aware of him.

hereticalpigeon linked to a drawing by Pierre Klossowski and made a comment about "the minds of these klossowski's (balthus, pierre)." I followed her link and found that indeed Balthus is Balthazar Klossowski. I've long known of Pierre Klossowski, writer (Roberte Se Soir) and running partner of George Bataille. This guy Balthus I find quite subversive. I was not prepared to stand in the Met and stare at some preteen's panty.

If I remember correctly these are of his daughter.

BTW, on the Met page they have a portrait of Pierre Matisse done by Balthus. The thing about that painting is that Pierre Matisse was a very elegant aesthete but Balthus painted him standing in a very casual manner looking like some American salesman or something. Shudderrrr. What a quietly subversive guy.


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From: wrayb Date: July 30th, 2004 07:41 pm (UTC) (Link)


Yes, when in a group of people whom you don't know well, it's like, ermm... doesn't anyone else see how weird this is or am i just weird to to thinking i see what i see.

there was one more Balthus, **i think it was his** that has the young female looking out a window into a yard/garden. it's softer watery color (not sure, don't remember the exact medium used) and not so erotic/perverse/weird/subversive... maybe. or maybe i just didn't pick up on that one.

awwah, i shoulda taken more snap shots.

besides. have you seen the sandor exhibit yet? that was why i went and i'm going back to see it again. even thinking of spending $100 to get the full set of books of his photos.
zenseer From: zenseer Date: July 30th, 2004 09:11 pm (UTC) (Link)

Re: balthus/sandor

I like that Sandor set. My favorite is of the pastry chef mostly due to how the background looks. It gives perspective without it being exagerrated or forced
From: wrayb Date: July 31st, 2004 04:32 am (UTC) (Link)

Re: balthus/sandor

that chef pic does rock. when i saw it on the museum wall i was hopping up and down with glee. that guy is so solidly there. a massive man (regardless of his height) and his white work clothes makes him pop out from his surroundings. interesting point about the depth being emphasized. we've got the floor boards and the stuff on the wall both going on. cool.
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