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Balthus by Damian Pettigrew (1996)
Born Balthasar Klossowski
(1908-02-29)February 29, 1908
Paris, France
Died February 18, 2001(2001-02-18) (aged 92)
Rossinière, Switzerland
Nationality French
Known for Painting, drawing, watercolor
Notable work The Street (1933–35)
The Mountain (1937)
Nude Before a Mirror (1955)
Awards Praemium Imperiale

Painting what I experience, translating what I feel, is like a great liberation. But it is also work, self-examination, consciousness, criticism, struggle.
Painting is a language which cannot be replaced by another language. I don't know what to say about what I paint, really.
Painting is a source of endless pleasure, but also of great anguish.
I refuse to confide and don't like it when people write about art.
Painting is the passage from the chaos of the emotions to the order of the possible.
One must always draw, draw with the eyes, when one cannot draw with a pencil.
I will always find even the worst paintings that attempt some kind of representation better than the best invented paintings.
The craft of painting has virtually disappeared. There is hardly anyone left who really possesses it. For evidence one has only to look at the painters of this century.
The best way to begin is to say: Balthus is a painter of whom nothing is known. And now let us have a look at his paintings.
I always feel the desire to look for the extraordinary in ordinary things; to suggest, not to impose, to leave always a slight touch of mystery in my paintings.