Balthus: Cats and Girls

Balthus, Thérèse, 1938 (The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, Bequest of Mr.
Balthus, Thérèse, 1938 (The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, Bequest of Mr. and Mrs. Allan D. Emil, in honor of William S. Lieberman, 1987 (1987.125.2). © 2011 Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York)

James Kalm films a video walkthrough of the exhibition Balthus: Cats and Girls - Paintings and Provocations at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, on view through January 12, 2014.

Kalm notes that: "Representing a confluence of restrained classic figuration and Surrealistic erotic narrative, Balthus looms as a painterly enigma over the second half of twentieth century art. This exhibition presents works that were painted in France between the mid 1930s and 1960, and focuses on the repeated theme of 'Cats and Girls.' A series of ink drawing created when the artist was only eleven years old, and thought lost, are also presented."