The Room

Balthus, French, b. Paris, 1908–2001
Pierre Matisse Gallery, New York, to 4 February 1959
Joseph H. Hirshhorn, New York, 4 February 1959-17 May 1966
Gift of the Joseph H. Hirshhorn Foundation, 1966
Exhibition History
PIERRE MATISSE GALLERY, New York. "Balthus," 8 March-2 April 1949 (15 March-3 April 1949), cat. no. 21.
MUSEUM OF MODERN ART, New York. "Balthus," 19 December 1956-3 February 1957, cat. no. 17, p. 24, ill.
NEW GALLERY, Hayden Library, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge. "Balthus," 10 February-2 March 1964, cat. no. 13, ill.
ARTS CLUB OF CHICAGO. "Balthus," 21 September-28 October 1964, no. 13.
AMERICAN FEDERATION OF ARTS, New York (organizer). "Paintings from the Joseph H. Hirshhorn Foundation Collection: A View of the Protean Century," November 1962-April 1965, no. 79. TOUR: M. KNOEDLER & CO., New York, 31 October-24 November 1962; CURRIER GALLERY OF ART, Manchester, New Hampshire, 16 December 1962-12 January 1963; CARNEGIE INSTITUTE, Pittsburgh, 30 January-26 February; EVANSVILLE MUSEUM OF ARTS AND SCIENCE, Indiana, 16 March-12 April; MUNSON-WILLIAMS-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 1963-7 January 1964; DALLAS MUSEUM OF FINE ARTS, 26 January-23 February; OKLAHOMA ART CENTER, Oklahoma City, 12 March-8 April; BROOKS MEMORIAL ART GALLERY, Memphis, Tennessee, 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 1964-10 January 1965; BROOKLYN MUSEUM, New York, 8 February-5 April.
MUSEE DES ARTS DECORATIFS, Paris. "Balthus," 12 May-27 June 1966, cat. no. 14. TOUR: CASINO COMMUNAL, Knokke-le Zoute, Belgium, July-September 1966.
ARTS COUNCIL OF GREAT BRITAIN, Tate Gallery, London. "Balthus," 4 October-10 November 1968, cat. no. 26.
HIRSHHORN MUSEUM AND SCULPTURE GARDEN, Smithsonian Institution, Washington DC. "Inaugural Exhibition," 4 October 1974-15 September 1975, cat. no. 703, ill.
ASSOCIATION FRANCAISE D'ACTION ARTISTIQUE, Paris. "Aftermath, New Image of Man -- France 1945-54," 4 March-31 August 1982, no. 7, ill. , p. 35, ill. TOUR: BARBICAN CENTER FOR ARTS AND CONFERENCES, London, March-June 1982; MUSEE LOUISIANA DE HUMLEBAEK, Denmark (dates?).
GALERIES NATIONALES DU GRAND PALAIS, Paris. "L'ame au corps," 19 October 1993-24 January 1994.
MUSEO NACIONAL CENTRO DE ARTE REINA SOFIA, Madrid. "Balthus Retrospective," January-March 1996, p. 152, ill.
ART GALLERY OF NEW SOUTH WALES, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia. "The Body," 12 September-16 November 1997, fig. 150, p. 137, cat. no. 7, p. 169.
STADELSCHES KUNSTINSTITUT UND STADTISCHE GALERIE, Frankfurt. "Innenleben: The History of the Interior. Vermeer to Kabakov," 23 September 1998-10 January 1999, no. 113, p. 346, colorpl., p. 347.
PALAZZO GRASSI, Venice, Italy. "Balthus" 9 September 2001 - 6 January 2002.
METROPOLITAN MUSEUM OF ART, NY. “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. 31, color ill. pg. 81. 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
PIERRE MATISSE GALLERY. Balthus--exhibition announcement (New York: Pierre Matisse Gallery, 1949), cover ill.
REED, JUDITH KAYE. "Symbolic Realism and Haunting Victims," Art Digest 23/13 (1 April 1949), p. 16.
(PRESTON, STUART. "A Collector's Eye-View," New York Times (28 February 1965), section 2, p. 19).
LERNER, ABRAM, ed. Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden (New York: Abrams, 1974), p. 662.
HAYNES, PATRICIA. "Balthus and the Modernist Tradition," Arts Review 30/10 (26 May 1978), p. 267, ill.
LEYMARIE, JEAN. Balthus (Geneva: Skira, 1982), p. 140, ill.
HOBHOUSE, JANET. The Bride Stripped Bare (London: Jonathan Cape, 1987), pl. 199.
STORM, PENNY. Functions of Dress: Tool of Culture and the Individual (Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey: Prentice-Hall, 1987), fig. 3.1, p. 84.
MONNIER, VIRGINIE and JEAN CLAIR. Balthus: Catalogue raisonne de l'oeuvre complet (Paris: Gallimard, 1999), pl. 169, pp. 148-149, colorpl., p. 76.
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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
Accession Number
Oil on canvas
74 7/8 x 63 1/8 in. (190.3 x 160.4 cm)