The Golden Days

Balthus, French, b. Paris, 1908–2001
Pierre Matisse Gallery, New York, by 1949- 4 February 1959
Joseph H. Hirshhorn, New York, 4 February 1959-17 May 1966
Gift of the Joseph H. Hirshhorn Foundation, 1966
Revised 8/85 by AAA
Exhibition History
[GALLERY ARTS, Paris. 1946, cat. no. 25.]
[PALAIS DES PAPES, Avignon. "Exposition d'Art Contemporain (Les Peintres et Sculpteurs Contemporains)," June-September 1947.]
PIERRE MATISSE GALLERY, New York. "Balthus," 8 March-2 April 1949, cat. no. 19, (ill.)
[PIERRE MATISSE GALLERY, New York. "Balthus," 1950, cat. no. 9, ill.]
MUSEUM OF MODERN ART, New York. "Balthus," 19 December 1956-3 February 1957, no. cat. 16, pp. 77-8, 23, ill.
AMERICAN FEDERATION OF ARTS, New York (organizer). "Paintings from the Joseph H. Hirshhorn Foundation Collection: A View of the Protean Century," no. 7, pp. 6, 16, ill. TOUR: M. KNOEDLER, New York, 31 October-24 November 1962; CURRIER GALLERY OF ART, Manchester, New Hampshire, 16 December-12 January 1963; CARNEGIE INSTITUTE, Pittsburgh, 30 January-26 February; EVANSVILLE MUSEUM OF ARTS AND SCIENCE, Indiana, 16 March-12 April; MUNSONWILLIAMS-PROCTOR INSTITUTE, Utica, New York, 30 April-27 May; J.B. SPEED ART MUSEUM, Louisville, Kentucky, 13 June-10 July; MINNEAPOLIS INSTITUTE OF ARTS, 30 July-25 August; SEATTLE ART MUSEUM, 11 September-8 October; SAN FRANCISCO MUSEUM OF ART, 26 October-23 November; COLORADO SPRINGS FINE ARTS CENTER, Colorado, 11 December-7January 1964; DALLAS MUSEUM OF FINE ARTS, 26 January-23 February; OKLAHOMA ART CENTER, Oklahoma City, 12 March-8 April; BROOKS MEMORIAL ART GALLERY, Memphis, 25 April-23 May; ATLANTA ART ASSOCIATION, Georgia, 10 June-7 July; SAGINAW ART MUSEUM, Michigan, 25 July-22 August; MONTREAL MUSEUM OF FINE ARTS, 8 September-6 October; ALLENTOWN ART MUSEUM, Pennsylvania, 24 October-21 November; MUSEUM OF FINE ARTS, Boston, 9 December-10 January 1965; BROOKLYN MUSEUM, New York, 8 February-5 April.
MUSEE DES ARTS DECORATIFS, Paris. "Balthus," 12 May-27 June 1966, no. 13, cat. p. 25, ill. Tour: CASINO COMMUNAL, Knokkele Zoute, Belgium, July-September 1966.
ARTS COUNCIL OF GREAT BRITAIN, Tate Gallery, London. "Balthus," 4 October-10 November 1968, no. 23, cat.
HIRSHHORN MUSEUM AND SCULPTURE GARDEN, Smithsonian Institution, Washington DC, "Inaugural Exhibition," 4 October 1974-15 September 1975, no. 704, cat. ill.
DES MOINES ART CENTER, Iowa. "Art in Western Europe--The Post War Years 1945-55," 19 September-29 October 1978, no. 5 cat. ill.
LA BIENNALE DI VENEZIA, Venice. "Balthus," 1980, ills. p. 11-13.
CENTRE GEORGES POMPIDOU, Paris. "Paris-Paris: Creations en France, 1937-1957," 28 May-2 November 1981, no. 62, p. 243, ill.
CENTRE GEORGES POMPIDOU, Paris, "Balthus," 5 November 1983-23 January 1984, no. 30, p. 164, ill. Tour: METROPOLITAN MUSEUM, New York, 21 February-13 May 1984, no. 28, ill.
MUSEE DE LA VILLE DE KYOTO, Japan. "Balthus," 17 June-22 July 1984, no. 10, pp. 25, 29, 52, 53, ills.
STEDELIJK MUSEUM, Netherlands. "Paintings after 1945," December 1984-April 1985.
MUSEE CANTONAL DES BEAUX-ARTS, Lausanne, Switzerland. "Balthus," 29 May-29 August 1993.
MUSEE DES BEAUX-ARTS, Rouen, France, "A Travers le Miroir de Bonnard a Buren," 20 October 2000-22 January 2001.
PALAZZO GRASSI, Venice. "Balthus," 9 September 2001-6 January 2002
PIERPONT MORGAN LIBRARY, New York. "Pierre Matisse and His Artists," 14 February-19 May 2002, no. 28, p. 80, color ill. p. 81.
MUSEUM LUDWIG, Cologne. "Balthus," 18 August-4 November 2007.
FONDATION PIERRE GIANADDA MARTIGNY, Switzerland. "Balthus: 100 Years," 13 June-19 November 2008.
METROPOLITAN MUSEUM OF ART, New York. “Balthus: Cats and Girls,” 7 October 2013-20 January 2014.
TOKYO METROPOLITAN ART MUSEUM. “A Retrospective: Balthus and Japan,” 19 April-22 June 2014, no. 28, color ill. front cover, pp. 76-77. Tour: KYOTO MUNICIPAL MUSEUM OF ART, 5 July-7 September 2014.
FOUNDATION BEYELER, Riehen/Basel. "Balthus," 2 September 2018-January 2019, color ill. Tour: MUSEO NACIONAL THYSSEN-BORNEMISZA, Madrid, 19 February-26 May 2019.
Published References
CHAR, RENE. "Balthus, ou le Dard dans la Fleur," Cahiers d'Art 20-21 annees (1945-46), p. 199, ill.
REED, JUDITH KAYE. "Symbolic Realism and Haunting Victims," Art Digest 23 (1 April 1949), p. 16, ill.
CLARK, ELIOT. "New York Commentary," The Studio 153 (June 1957), p. 185.
OFFIN, CHARLES Z. "Gallery Previews in New York," Pictures on Exhibit 26 (November 1962), p. 12.
UNSIGNED. "Exhibitions," Museum News (February 1965), n.p., ill.
LERNER, ABRAM, ed. Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden (New York: Harry N. Abrams, 1974), pp. 661-62.
RAYNOR, VIVIEN. "A Preview of the New Hirshhorn Museum," The New York Times section 2 (14 July 1974).
LARKIN, DAVID, ed. Temptation (New York: Peacock Press/ Bantam Book, 1975), intro. (n.p.), pl. 37, pl. rear cover.
BALDWIN, NICK. "Aniversary Anthology," Des Moines Sundy Register (17 September 1978), section 5B, ill.
LEYMARIE, JEAN. Balthus (Geneva: Skira, 1978), pl. 14, p. 16.
KINGSLEY, APRIL. "The Sacred and Erotic Vision of Balthus," Horizon 22 (December 1979), p. 35, pp. 32-33, ill.
DAVENPORT, GUY. "Balthus," Antaeus 39 (Autumn 1980), pp. 83, 85.
CARANDENTE, GIOVANNI. Balthus: Drawings and Watercolors (Boston: Little, Brown and Co., 1982), p. 16.
LEYMARIE, JEAN. Balthus, new ed. (Geneva: Skira, 1982), pp. 44, 46, 90, and pp. 48, 49, ill. p. 132.
JOUVE, PIERRE JEAN. "Les Beaux Jours," in Proses (Paris: Mecure de France, 1960), p. 21, ill. (Reprinted in: CENTRE GEORGES POMPIDOU, Paris, Balthus, 1983, p. 67)
KLOSSOWSKI DE ROLA, STANISLAS. Balthus (London: Thames and Huson, 1983), pl. 32.
PARK, EDWARD. Treasures of the Smithsonian (New York: Harry N. Abrams, 1983), n.p., ill.
RUSSELL, JOHN. "Balthus Mesmerizes with his Chilling Imagery," New York Times (19 February 1984), section H, pp. 32-32
HUSSEY, HOWARD. "Balthus Mystery of Vision, Flash of Timelessness," Art World (April 1984), n.p., ill.
PEPPIATT, MICHAEL. "Balthus: En presentasjon," Kunst og Kultur n. 1 (1984), p. 10, ill.
SCHJELDAHL, PETER. "Pretty Babies," Art and Antiques (March 1984), pp. 92, 94, ill.
PERL, JED. "Sex, love and art in the '80s," Vogue (May 1986), p. 120, ill.
ARNASON, H.H. History of Modern Art 3rd ed., rev. and updated by Daniel Webster (New York: Harry N. Abrams, 1986), fig. 642.
HOBHOUSE, JANET. The Bride Stripped Bare (London: Jonathan Cape, 1987), fig. 206.
DAVENPORT, GUY. A Balthus Notebook (New York: Ecco Press, 1989), no. 7.
HOPE, CHRISTOPHER. My Chocolate Redeemer (London: William Heinemann, 1989), cover ill. (Reprint 1990, London: Minerva).
PERNIOLA, MARIO. "Between Clothing and Nudity," in Fragments for a History of the Human Body part two, Michel Feher, ed. (New York: Urzone, 1989), p. 262, ill.
BOURDAIS, GILDAS. Les Modernes et les autres (Lausanne: Livre Total, 1990), p. 247.
PAULSON, RONALD. Figure and Abstraction in Contemporary Painting (New Brunswick and London: Rutgers University Press, 1990), ill.
WEDDING, DANNY. Behavior and Medicine (Boston: Mosby Year Book, 1990), ill. p. 52.
NERET, GILLES, Erotik in der Kunst des 20. Jahrhunderts (Koln: Benedik Taschen, 1992), ill.
BOWIE, DAVID. "The Last Legendary Painter," Modern Painters, vol. 7, no. 3 (Autumn 1994), p. 19.
MARTINEZ, BENJAMIN and JACQUELINE BLOCK. Visual Forces: An Introduction to Design 2nd ed. (New Jersey: Englewood Cliffs/Prentice Hall, 1995), fig. C, p. 175.
CHAR, Rene and Marie-Claude Char. Dans l'Atelier du Poete, Quarto Series (Paris: Gallimard, 1996), ill. p. 433.
KUROKAWA, SHUNICHI. New History of World Art, vol. 27 (Tokyo: Shogakukan, 1996), no. 120, ill.
PLAZY, GILLES. "Les Paradis Perdus de Balthus," Beaux Arts 145 (May 1996), p. 52.
ZILCZER, JUDITH K. "Balthus," in Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden: 150 Works of Art (New York: Harry N. Abrams, 1996), p. 74, ill.
MILLER, JONATHAN. On Reflection (London: National Gallery Publication, 1998), no. 3, ill. p. 151.
ASHTON, DORE. "Balthus: A Biography by Nicholas Fox Weber," Washington Post: Book World (31 October 1999), ill. p. 4.
CLAIR, JEAN and VIRGINIA MONNIER. Balthus: Catalogue Raisonne de l'Oeuvre Complet (Paris: Gallimard, 1999) no. 155, color pl. p. 146.
COLLINGS, MATTHEW. "Diary: Ourselves and Others," Modern Painters, (Winter 1999), p. 62, ill.
MURKEN, CHRISTA, et al. Kinder des 20. Jahrhunderts (Cologne: Wienand, 2000), ill. p. 26.
ANDERSEN, M. J. "Balthus in Wonderland," The Providence Journal (2 March 2001), p. B7, ill.
COTTER, SUZANNE et al. (eds.) Jutta Koether: Tour de Madame (Cologne: Walther König, 2018), color ill. p. 212.
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Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC, Gift of the Joseph H. Hirshhorn Foundation, 1966
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Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden
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Oil on canvas
58 1/4 x 78 3/8 in. (148.0 x 199.0 cm)