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  • Nude Before a Mirror, 1955
    Balthus (Balthasar Klossowski) (French, 1908–2001)
    Oil on canvas

    75 x 64.5 in. (190.5 x 163.8 cm)
    Robert Lehman Collection, 1975 (1975.1.155)
    © 2011 Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / ADAGP, Paris

    Balthus painted landscapes, portraits, and interiors, but the female sitter in various states—daydreaming, reclining, or sleeping, often nude or partly clothed, and typically charged with erotic content—is the subject most frequently in his oeuvre. Nude Before a Mirror is striking for the sculptural monumentality of the model, who seems to be carved from marble, and the soft silvery light that bathes the figure and fills the room.

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    Nude Before a Mirror, 1955
    Balthus (Balthasar Klossowski) (French, 1908–2001)
    Oil on canvas

    75 x 64.5 in. (190.5 x 163.8 cm)
    Robert Lehman Collection, 1975 (1975.1.155)
    © 2011 Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / ADAGP, Paris


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