THE NIGHTLY MIRROR

Black Moon and Balthus

Lily and Thérèse

The passage of Commerce Saint-Andre, 1954. Balthus.

The passage of Commerce Saint-Andre, 1954. Balthus.

Balthus (Baltusz Klossowski de Rola)


French, 1908–2001

Girl with Cat, 1937


Nobody ever hangs around this painting for too long.
Balthus (Baltusz Klossowski de Rola)
French, 1908–2001
Girl with Cat, 1937
Nobody ever hangs around this painting for too long.

The misfits of veristic surrealism: De Chirico, Balthus, Magritte, Delvaux, Wadsworth (even Freud and Hopper); employ an innate grammar of paranoid recognition. First, there is psychologically potent content with little regard to the pretenses of automatic techniques. We are dealing with images of things; things that are irrational but understood. And secondly, maybe most importantly, we see a focus on the intimate experiences of paying attention. Metaphysical painting is about the excitement that comes with simple perception, and its habitual faults.