Balthasar Klossowski de Rola, known as Â« Balthus Â»,
was born in Paris
in 1908. He began to paint early, ecouraged by his motherâs partner, the poet
Rainer Maria Rilke. He had his first personal exhibition in 1934.
his works to various themes: landscapes, scenes of everyday life, portraits, cats
and girls nudes. He marked his work with a sexual thematic which was then often
considered as scandalous.
Balthus settled in the Chassy castle (Morvan) in 1953
until 1961. The French minister of culture, AndrÃ© Malraux, appointed the artist
to be the director of the Villa Medici in Rome,
until 1977. He also was set designer and realised costumes for several plays in
theatre (Antonin Artaud, Jean-Louis Barrault) and illustrated many works. He
settled finally in 1977 in
RossiniÃ¨res, Switzeland. He died there in 2001; the same year was created the