Balthus (1908 - 2001) was a French-Polish painter who was often accused of being overly explicit in his portrayal of children and adolescents. He himself did not like to give his biographical information and preferred to be judged by his work ("Balthus is an artist about whom nothing is known. Now let's look at the paintings," 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.