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Balthus (French, 1908–2001)
LOT ID: 75883
Portrait of a Girl, 1976

23 х 16.5 in. (58.42 x 41.91 cm.)
Signed, hand signed by the artist, lower right, numbered '137/150' lower left in pencil on recto.
Print/Casting Year 1994
Edition 137/150
Lot description
Image size: 23 x 16 1/2 inches (58.4 x 41.9 cm)
Sheet size: 30 x 22 inches (76.2 x 55.9 cm)
This lithograph was printed later, in 1994.

A prominent artist of the 20th century, Polish-French Modern artist Balthus (1908 – 2001) was best known for creating confrontational works in a classical style that also incorporated inspiration from Surrealism. Many of his works featured young and adolescent girls and children in an erotic, sexualized context, which the artist said was meant to confront the unsettling idea and presence of children’s sexuality.

The artist received critical acclaim beginning with a show of his work at the Musem of Modern Art in New York City in 1956. In 1983, the Georges Pompidou Centre in Paris organized conclusive retrospective exhibitions of Balthus’ works. Today, Balthus is seen as a preeminent force in Modern art and his works are housed in prestigious collections worldwide.

Selected Public Collections:
The Metropolitan Museum of Art (New York, NY)
Museum of Modern Art (New York, NY)
Musée Cantini (Marseilles, France)
Musee Jenisch (Vevey, Switzerland)
Philadelphia Museum of Art (Philadelphia, PA)
Tate Gallery (London, UK)
Portrait of a Girl by Balthus
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