With Balthus, Setsuko Klossowska de Rola, Jean Clair, Jean Leymarie, Raymond Mason, Giorgio Soavi
The painter Balthus (born in Paris, 1908, died in Rossinière/Switzerland, 2001) is one of Modernism’s greatest outsiders. From his early work in the 1930s, he created an enigmatic and often disturbing visual universe set in a cultivated and elegant atmosphere of cosmopolitan sophistication. Balthus was a man of few words and rarely spoke about his art. For decades he led a very private life, pursuing his own agenda with no regard for the artistic mainstream of his century.
In 2001, the Palazzo Grassi in Venice hosted a major, comprehensive Balthus retrospective, showing paintings from over 90 museums, private collections and cultural institutions. This important international event is the subject of the film Balthus.