Balthus and Cats

Balthus and Cats

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This album reveals Balthuss fascination with felines and is a perfect complement to the Metropolitan Museums exhibition Balthus: Cats and Girls that opens in September 2013. Alain Vircondelet was a close friend of the late Balthus and originally wrote this text in intimate collaboration with the artist. He explains the symbolism within Balthuss paintings and draws parallels between the sleepy, languishing forms of the girls and cats he painted. Balthus, who referred to himself as the Thirteenth King of Cats, regularly featured the feline form in his art, even as early as age nine, when he produced a story of his beloved Mitsou in forty Indian ink drawings. Balthuss wife Setsuko and their daughter Harumi shared his deep affection for cats, and the familys devotion becomes evident in this volume, which offers behind-the-scenes access into their home, featuring personal photographs, belongings, and reproductions of the artists cat paintings.
Publisher: Paris : Flammarion, S.A., [2013]
Edition: English-language edition
Copyright Date: ©2013
ISBN: 9782080201607
Branch Call Number: 759.4 BALTH VIRCO
Characteristics: 94 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 25 cm
Notes: Translated from the French by David Radzinowicz
"Simultaneously published in French as Les Chats de Balthus"--Colophon


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