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Balthus: Cats and Girls

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By Sabine Rewald

Balthus's lifelong curiosity with the ambiguities and dark side of childhood resulted in his best-known and most iconic works. In these pictures, Balthus (1908-2001) mingles intuition into his young sitters' psyches with overt erotic desire and forbidding austerity, making them among the most powerful depictions of childhood and adolescence ever committed to canvas. Often included in these scenes are enigmatic cats, possible stand-ins for the artist himself.

Balthus: Cats and Girls is the first book devoted to this subject, focusing on the early decades of the artist's career from the mid-1930s to the 1950s. Drawing on extensive knowledge of the artist's life and work, as well as on interviews with Balthus and the models themselves, Sabine Rewald explores the origins and permutations of Balthus's obsessions with adolescents and felines. She addresses the crucial influence of such key figures as poet Rainer Maria Rilke, his mother's lover, who acted as Balthus's surrogate father, but also includes the previously unknown voices of the girl models: their recollections and comments provide a unique perspective on some of the best known and most controversial paintings of the twentieth century.

By Sabine Rewald

Balthus's lifelong curiosity with the ambiguities and dark side of childhood resulted in his best-known and most iconic works. In these pictures, Balthus (1908-2001) mingles intuition into his young sitters' psyches with overt erotic desire and forbidding austerity, making them among the most powerful depictions of childhood and adolescence ever committed to canvas. Often included in these scenes are enigmatic cats, possible stand-ins for the artist himself.

Balthus: Cats and Girls is the first book devoted to this subject, focusing on the early decades of the artist's career from the mid-1930s to the 1950s. Drawing on extensive knowledge of the artist's life and work, as well as on interviews with Balthus and the models themselves, Sabine Rewald explores the origins...See More

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  • Publisher: The Metropolitan Museum of Art
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  • Pages: 192
  • Illustrations: 120 (100 in full color)
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Dimensions: 9'' x 10''
  • ISBN: 9780300197013
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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great service! I bought this book online because, having just visited the museum from overseas and viewing the Balthus exhibition, thought it would be an interesting and informative reminder. I decided to buy it online as I was very mindful of baggage weight etc on my plane trip home. I am very happy with the service from the staff at the MET....the delivery was relatively fast (to Australia), efficient and extremely well packaged. Thankyou.
Date published: 2013-11-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Illuminating This lovely book is very informative about Balthus, his life and work. The illustrations are wonderful.
Date published: 2017-10-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent Study This book contains stunning color plates and a scholarly analysis of Balthus' thematic study of young girls. In short, what one would ordinarily expect from a Met publication.
Date published: 2018-06-18
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