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Girl at a Window

Artist:
Balthus (Balthasar Klossowski) (French, Paris 1908–2001 Rossinière )
Date:
1957
Medium:
Oil on canvas
Dimensions:
63 x 63 3/4 in. (160 x 161.9 cm)
Classification:
Paintings
Credit Line:
Jacques and Natasha Gelman Collection, 1998
Accession Number:
1999.363.3
Rights and Reproduction:
© 2016 Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 907
A wide-open window gives onto a bright, half-concealed landscape around the château de Chassy, a former fourteenth-century farmhouse in Burgundy that Balthus bought and renovated late in his life. The young girl gazing out the window is Frédérique Tison (born 1938), his favorite model at the time.
Baronne Alix de Rothschild, Paris; David de Rothschild, France (by 1977–83; sold in 1983 through a Paris dealer to Beyeler); [Galerie Beyeler, Basel, until 1983; sold on August 26, 1983 to Gelman]; Jacques and Natasha Gelman, Mexico City and New York (1983–his d. 1986); Natasha Gelman, Mexico City and New York (1986–d. 1998; her bequest to MMA)

Turin. Galleria Civica d'Arte. "7ème Biennale. Peintres d'aujourd'hui: France—Italie," September–November 1961, no. 13.

Paris. Musée des Arts Décoratifs. "Balthus," May 21–June 27, 1966, no. 32.

Knokke-le-Zoute. Casino Communal. "Balthus," July–September 1966, no. 30.

New York. Pierre Matisse Gallery. "Balthus: Paintings and Drawings, 1934 to 1977," November 15–December 15, 1977, no. 7.

Paris. Centre Georges Pompidou. "Balthus," November 4, 1983–January 23, 1984, no. 40 (lent by a private collection).

New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Balthus," February 29–May 13, 1984, no. 40.

New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Twentieth-Century Modern Masters: The Jacques and Natasha Gelman Collection," December 12, 1989–April 1, 1990, unnumbered cat. (p. 271).

London. Royal Academy of Arts. "Twentieth-Century Modern Masters: The Jacques and Natasha Gelman Collection," April 19–July 15, 1990, unnumbered cat.

Martigny. Fondation Pierre Gianadda. "De Matisse à Picasso: Collection Jacques et Natasha Gelman," June 18–November 1, 1994, unnumbered cat. (p. 295).

New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Balthus Remembered," March 27–May 27, 2001, no catalogue.

New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Balthus: Cats and Girls—Paintings and Provocations," September 25, 2013–January 12, 2014, no. 38.

Alexander Watt. "Balthus and Realism." Studio 166, no. 846 (1963), ill. p. 144.

Jean Leymarie. Balthus. 2nd enl. ed. (1st ed., 1979). New York, 1982, p. 82, ill. p. 79.

Stanislas Klossowski de Rola. Balthus. London, 1983, pl. 56.

Wolfgang Sauré. "Pariser Ausstellungen: Balthus." Das Kunstwerk 37, no. 2 (1984), ill. p. 45.

Sabine Rewald. Balthus. Exh. cat., The Metropolitan Museum of Art. New York, 1984, p. 50, no. 40, ill. p. 136.

Sabine Rewald in Twentieth-Century Modern Masters: The Jacques and Natasha Gelman Collection. Ed. William S. Lieberman. Exh. cat., The Metropolitan Museum of Art. New York, 1989, pp. 269–71, 293, ill. (color and bw).

William S. Lieberman in Twentieth-Century Modern Masters: The Jacques and Natasha Gelman Collection. Ed. William S. Lieberman. Exh. cat., The Metropolitan Museum of Art. New York, 1989, ill. p. 9 (color, installation photo).

Virginie Monnier Jean Clair, ed. Balthus: Catalogue raisonné de l’œuvre complet. [Paris], 1999, p. 178, no. P277, ill.

Sabine Rewald. Balthus: Cats and Girls. Exh. cat., The Metropolitan Museum of Art. New York, 2013, pp. 128, 136, 138–39, no. 38, ill. (color).



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