Balthus (1908−2001) was a French-Polish painter who was often accused of excessive frankness of his images of children and adolescents. He himself did not like to communicate his biographical data and preferred to be evaluated on the basis of works ("Balthus is an artist about whom nothing is known. Now let’s look at the pictures," he wrote in a telegram sent to the Tate Gallery).
Famous works: "Dreaming Teresa"
Balthazar Klossovski was born in Paris, his father was an art historian, and his mother — an artist. The future painter grew up among such intellectuals as Andre Gide, Jean Cocteau and Rainer Maria Rilke. The latter was the sponsor and intellectual mentor of Balthus (as well as his mother’s lover). The artist was married twice, had four children and died in the Swiss Rosinjere a few days before his 93rd birthday.