Art/ Collection/ Art Object

Girl at a Window

Artist:
Balthus (Balthasar Klossowski) (French, Paris 1908–2001 Rossinière)
Date:
1957
Medium:
Oil on canvas
Dimensions:
63 x 63 3/4 in. (160 x 161.9 cm)
Classification:
Paintings
Credit Line:
Jacques and Natasha Gelman Collection, 1998
Accession Number:
1999.363.3
Rights and Reproduction:
© 2017 Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 907
A wide-open window gives onto a bright, half-concealed landscape around the château de Chassy, a former fourteenth-century farmhouse in Burgundy that Balthus bought and renovated late in his life. The young girl gazing out the window is Frédérique Tison (born 1938), his favorite model at the time.
private collection (by 1961–at least 1963); Baronne Alix de Rothschild, Paris (by 1966–at least 1973); her son, Baron David de Rothschild, Normandy (by 1977–83; sold in 1983 through a Paris dealer to Beyeler); [Galerie Beyeler, Basel, 1983; sold on August 26, 1983 to Gelman]; Jacques and Natasha Gelman, Mexico City and New York (1983–his d. 1986); Natasha Gelman, Mexico City and New York (1986–d. 1998; her bequest to MMA)

Turin. Galleria Civica d'Arte Moderna. "Peintres d'aujourd'hui: France—Italie," September–November 1961, no. 13 (as "Jeune fille devant la fenêtre," lent by a private collection).

Paris. Musée des Arts Décoratifs. "Balthus," May 12–June 27, 1966, no. 32 (as "Jeune fille à la fenêtre," lent by Baronne Alix de Rotschild [sic]).

Knokke-le-Zoute. Casino Communal. "Balthus," July–September 1966, no. 30 (as "Jong Meisje aan het Venster," lent by Barones Alix de Rotschild [sic]).

Marseilles. Musée Cantini. "Balthus," July–September 1973, no. 31 (as "Jeune fille à la fenêtre," lent by a private collection, Paris).

Paris. Galerie Henriette Gomès. "Paysages et natures mortes de Balthus," June 2–July 8, 1977, no catalogue.

New York. Pierre Matisse Gallery. "Balthus: Paintings and Drawings 1934 to 1977," November 15–December 15, 1977, no. 7 (lent by a private collection).

Paris. Centre Georges Pompidou, Musée national d'art moderne. "Balthus," November 5, 1983–January 23, 1984, no. 52 (lent by a private collection).

New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Balthus," February 29–May 13, 1984, no. 40 (lent by a private collection).

New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Twentieth-Century Modern Masters: The Jacques and Natasha Gelman Collection," December 12, 1989–April 1, 1990, unnumbered cat. (p. 271).

London. Royal Academy of Arts. "Twentieth-Century Modern Masters: The Jacques and Natasha Gelman Collection," April 19–July 15, 1990, unnumbered cat.

Martigny. Fondation Pierre Gianadda. "De Matisse à Picasso: Collection Jacques et Natasha Gelman," June 18–November 1, 1994, unnumbered cat. (p. 295).

New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Balthus Remembered," March 27–May 27, 2001, no catalogue.

New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Balthus: Cats and Girls—Paintings and Provocations," September 25, 2013–January 12, 2014, no. 38.

Alexander Watt. "Balthus and Realism." Studio 166 (October 1963), ill. p. 144, lists it in a private collection. Galerie Henriette Gomes, Paris.

Geneviève Coste in "Balthus, un pas de plus vers la consécration." Connaissance des arts no. 170 (April 1966), p. 61, ill. (color).

Jean Leymarie. Balthus. Geneva, 1978, colorpl. 25, locates it in a private collection.

Jean Leymarie. Balthus. 2nd enl. ed. (1st ed., 1979). New York, 1982, p. 82, ill. pp. 79 (color), 136, calls it "Girl at the Window" and locates it in a private collection.

Stanislas Klossowski de Rola. Balthus. London, 1983, p. 98, colorpl. 56, calls it "Jeune fille à la fenêtre (Girl at the Window)" and locates it in the collection of Baron David de Rothschild.

Gérard Régnier, ed. Balthus. Exh. cat., Centre Georges Pompidou, Musée national d'art moderne. Paris, 1983, p. 194, no. 52, ill. pp. 195 (color), 369, no. 178.

Wolfgang Sauré. "Pariser Ausstellungen." Das Kunstwerk 37 (April 1984), ill. p. 45.

John Dorsey. "Will Balthus be a Page or a Footnote in Art History?" Sun (March 16, 1984), p. C1.

Sabine Rewald. Balthus. Exh. cat., The Metropolitan Museum of Art. New York, 1984, pp. 50, 136, no. 40, ill. p. 137 (color).

Sabine Rewald in Twentieth-Century Modern Masters: The Jacques and Natasha Gelman Collection. Ed. William S. Lieberman. Exh. cat., The Metropolitan Museum of Art. New York, 1989, pp. 269–71, 293, ill. (color and bw).

William S. Lieberman in Twentieth-Century Modern Masters: The Jacques and Natasha Gelman Collection. Ed. William S. Lieberman. Exh. cat., The Metropolitan Museum of Art. New York, 1989, ill. p. 9 (color, installation photo).

Jean Leymarie. Balthus. Rev. enl. ed. (1st ed., 1979). New York, 1990, unpaginated, colorpl. 26, calls it "Girl at the Window" and locates it in a private collection.

Claude Roy. Balthus. [Paris], 1996, ill. p. 169 (color).

Stanislas Klossowski de Rola. Balthus. New York, 1996, colorpl. 70, calls it "Jeune fille à la fenêtre (Girl at the Window)" and locates it in a private collection.

Virginie Monnier in Virginie Monnier and Jean Clair. Balthus: Catalogue Raisonné of the Complete Works. Paris, 1999, p. 178, no. P277, ill.

Sabine Rewald. Balthus: Cats and Girls. Exh. cat., The Metropolitan Museum of Art. New York, 2013, pp. 128, 136, 138–39, no. 38, ill. (color).

Maude Trottier. "Review. Balthus: Cats and Girls—Paintings and Provocations." RACAR: Revue d'art canadienne 39, no. 1 (2014), p. 96.



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