“Thérèse Dreaming” (1938). Balthus claimed a quality of sacredness for his “angels.

Balthus is best known for his series of pensive adolescents who dream or read in rooms that are closed to the outside world. Focusing on his finest works, the exhibition will be limited to approximately thirty-five paintings dating from the mid-1930s to the 1950s. Between 1936 and 1939, Balthus painted his celebrated series of portraits of Thérèse Blanchard, his young neighbor in Paris.

“Thérèse Dreaming” (1938)
“Thérèse Dreaming” (1938).

 

THE ART WORLD OCTOBER 7, 2013 ISSUE

IN THE HEADBalthus and Magritte reconsidered.

By Peter Schjeldahl

October 13, 2016

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