Balthus Net Worth 2024 Update: Bio, Age, Height, Weight


Balthus Net Worth

Balthasar Klossowski de Rola how much money? For this question we spent 13 hours on research (Wikipedia, Youtube, we read books in libraries, etc) to review the post.

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Total Net Worth at the moment 2024 year – is about $68,5 Million.



Balthasar Klossowski de Rola information Birth date: February 29, 1908, Paris, France Death date: February 18, 2001, Rossini?re, Switzerland Birth place: Paris, France Profession:Actor Spouse:Setsuko Klossowska de Rola (m. 1967–2001), Antoinette de Watteville (m. 1937–1966) Parents:Erich Klossowski, Baladine Klossowska Siblings:Pierre Klossowski

Height, Weight

:How tall is Balthus – 1,69m.
How much weight is Balthus – 75kg


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Biography,Early yearsBorn in Paris, in his formative years his art was sponsored by Rainer Maria Rilke, Maurice Denis, Pierre Bonnard and Pierre Matisse. His father, Erich Klossowski, a noted art historian who wrote a monograph on Daumier, and his mother, Elisabeth Dorothea Spiro (known as the painter Baladine Klossowska), were part of the cultural elite in Paris. Balthuss older brother, Pierre Klossowski, was a philosopher and writer influenced by theology and the works of the Marquis de Sade. Among the visitors and friends of the Klossowskis were famous writers such as Andre Gide and Jean Cocteau, who found some inspiration for his novel Les Enfants Terribles (1929) in his visits to the family.In 1921 Mitsou, a book which included forty drawings by Balthus, was published. It depicted the story of a young boy and his cat, with a preface by Balthuss mentor, the Bohemian-Austrian poet Rainer Maria Rilke (1875-1926) who at the time was his mothers lover. The theme of the story foreshadowed his lifelong fascination with cats, which resurfaced with his self-portrait as The King of Cats (1935). In 1926 he visited Florence, copying frescos by Piero della Francesca, which inspired another early ambitious work by the young painter: the tempera wall paintings of the Protestant church of the Swiss village of Beatenberg (1927). From 1930 to 1932 he lived in Morocco, was drafted into the Moroccan infantry in Kenitra and Fes, worked as a secretary, and sketched his painting La Caserne (1933).A young artist in ParisMoving in 1933 into his first Paris studio at the Rue de Furstemberg and later another at the Cour de Rohan, Balthus showed no interest in modernist styles such as Cubism. His paintings often depicted pubescent young girls in erotic and voyeuristic poses. One of the most notorious works from his first exhibition in Paris was The Guitar Lesson (1934), which caused controversy due to its sexually explicit depiction of a girl arched on her back over the lap of her female teacher, whose hands are positioned on the girl as for playing the guitar: one near her exposed crotch, another grasping her hair. Other important works from the same exhibition included La Rue (1933), La Toilette de Cathy (1933) and Alice dans le miroir (1933).Balthus, Guitar Lesson, 1934, oil on canvasIn 1937 he married Antoinette de Watteville, who was from an old and influential aristocratic family from Bern. He had met her as early as 1924, and she was the model for the aforementioned La Toilette and for a series of portraits. Balthus had two children from this marriage, Thaddeus and Stanislas (Stash) Klossowski, who recently published books on their father, including the letters by their parents.Early on his work was admired by writers and fellow painters, especially by Andre Breton and Pablo Picasso. His circle of friends in Paris included the novelists Pierre Jean Jouve, Antoine de Saint-Exupery, Joseph Breitbach, Pierre Leyris, Henri Michaux, Michel Leiris and Rene Char, the photographer Man Ray, the playwright and actor Antonin Artaud, and the painters Andre Derain, Joan Miro and Alberto Giacometti (one of the most faithful of his friends). In 1948, another friend, Albert Camus, asked him to design the sets and costumes for his play LEtat de Siege (The State of Siege, directed by Jean-Louis Barrault). Balthus also designed the sets and costumes for Artauds adaptation for Percy Bysshe Shelleys The Cenci (1935), Ugo Bettis Delitto allisola delle capre (Crime on Goat-Island, 1953) and Barraults adaptation of Julius Caesar (1959–1960).Champrovent to ChassyIn 1940, with the invasion of France by German forces, Balthus fled with his wife Antoinette to Savoy to a farm in Champrovent near Aix-les-Bains, where he began work on two major paintings: Landscape near Champrovent (1942–1945) and The Living Room (1942). In 1942, he escaped from Nazi France to Switzerland, first to Bern and in 1945 to Geneva, where he became a friend of the publisher Albert Skira as well as the writer and member of the French Resistance, Andre Malraux. Balthus returned to France in 1946 and a year later traveled with Andre Masson to Southern France, meeting figures such as Picasso and Jacques Lacan, who eventually became a collector of his work. With Adolphe Mouron Cassandre in 1950, Balthus designed stage decor for a production of Mozarts opera Cosi fan tutte in Aix-en-Provence. Three years later he moved into the Chateau de Chassy in the Morvan, living with his step-niece Frederique Tison and finishing his large-scale masterpieces La Chambre (The Room 1952, possibly influenced by Pierre Klossowskis novels) and Le Passage du Commerce Saint-Andre (1954).Later yearsAs international fame grew with exhibitions in the gallery of Pierre Matisse (1938) and the Museum of Modern Art (1956) in New York City, he cultivated the image of himself as an enigma. In 1964, he moved to Rome where he presided over the Villa de Medici as director (appointed by the French Minister of Culture Andre Malraux) of the French Academy in Rome, and became a friend of the filmmaker Federico Fellini and the painter Renato Guttuso.In 1977 he moved to Rossiniere, Switzerland. That he had a second, Japanese wife Setsuko Ideta whom he married in 1967 and was thirty-five years his junior, simply added to the air of mystery around him (he met her in Japan, during a diplomatic mission also initiated by Malraux). A son, Fumio, was born in 1968 but died two years later.The photographers and friends Henri Cartier-Bresson and Martine Franck (Cartier-Bressons wife) both portrayed the painter and his wife and their daughter Harumi (born 1973) in his Grand Chalet in Rossiniere in 1999.Balthus was one of the few living artists to be represented in the Louvre, when his painting The Children (1937) was acquired from the private collection of Pablo Picasso.He died in Rossiniere, Switzerland. Prime ministers and rock stars alike attended his funeral. Bono, lead singer of U2, sang for the hundreds of mourners at the funeral, including the President of France, the Prince Sadruddhin Aga Khan, supermodel Elle Macpherson, and Cartier-Bresson.Style and themesBalthuss style is primarily classical. His work shows numerous influences, including the writings of Emily Bronte, the writings and photography of Lewis Carroll, and the paintings of Masaccio, Piero della Francesca, Simone Martini, Poussin, Jean-Etienne Liotard, Joseph Reinhardt, Gericault, Ingres, Goya, Jean-Baptiste-Camille Corot, Courbet, Edgar Degas, Felix Vallotton and Paul Cezanne. Although his technique and compositions were inspired by pre-renaissance painters, there also are eerie intimations of contemporary surrealists like de Chirico. Painting the figure at a time when figurative art was largely ignored, he is widely recognised as an important 20th-century artist.Many of his paintings show young girls in an erotic context. Balthus insisted that his work was not erotic but that it recognized the discomforting facts of childrens sexuality. In 2013, Balthuss paintings of adolescent girls were described by Roberta Smith in the New York Times as both alluring and disturbing.AncestryBalthuss father, Erich, was born to a family supposedly belonging to the former Polish petty nobility (drobna szlachta), bearing the Rola coat of arms and living in the Prussian part of todays Poland. This (largely undocumented) family background prompted his son Balthus to add, later, de Rola to his family name Klossowski, which was in szlachta tradition (if he had lived in Poland, the arrangement of his last name would have been Rola-Klossowski or Klossowski h. Rola). The artist was very conscious of his Polish ancestry and the Rola arms was embroidered onto many of his kimono, in the style of Japanese kamon.[citation needed]Balthuss mother was descended from Russian Jews who emigrated to East Prussia. In the catalogue of the Metropolitan Museum of Arts 1984 Balthus exhibition, Balthus mother, Baladine Spiro, was described as the daughter of a cantor from Kovelitz in Novgorod in the Russian Empire. Balthus told his biographer Nicholas Fox Weber that this was erroneous, and that his mother came apparently from a Protestant family in the south of France.[page needed] According to Weber, Balthus would frequently add to the story of his mothers ancestry, saying that she was also related to the Romanov, Narischkin, and lesser known Raginet families among others, though conceding Balthus never claimed his mothers side was from a straight unmixed lineage. Weber quoted Baladines lover, the poet Rainer Maria Rilke, who stated that the Spiros were descended from one of the richest Sephardic-Spanish families. Weber wrote: The artist neglected, however, to tell me that, in the most miserable of ironies, Fumio (Balthuss son) suffered from Tay-Sachs disease. Weber presented this as evidence that Balthus was lying about not having Jewish ancestry, given Tay-Sachs is a heavily Ashkenazic-Jewish disease. This conflicts with Rilkes report of the Spiros being Sephardic, which Weber later said was a Rilke embellishment and also brings up the relevance of the preponderance of Japanese infantile Tay-Sachs,[citation needed] since Balthuss wife was Japanese. Balthus was also supposed to have fathered in 1942 Stanislas Klossowski, a figure in swinging London and Paris in the 1960s.Nude with arms raised, oil on canvas, 1951 by Balthus


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