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I have taken note that my article about the french painter Balthus gets quite a lot of traffic and I wondered why. I started to dig deeper into Balthus, his life, his work and attitudes he possessed. It’s well known he had a “thing” for underaged girls and young women who were at most half his age. He didn’t seem to care and his attitude made him more controversial, dangerous and perhaps marketable.

 

Below are some of his quotes from “Brainy Quotes” and they do reveal a little about Balthus the man.

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.
Balthus

I refuse to confide and don’t like it when people write about art.
Balthus

I will always find even the worst paintings that attempt some kind of representation better than the best invented paintings.
Balthus

One must always draw, draw with the eyes, when one cannot draw with a pencil.
Balthus

Painting is a language which cannot be replaced by another language. I don’t know what to say about what I paint, really.
Balthus

Painting is a source of endless pleasure, but also of great anguish.
Balthus

Painting is the passage from the chaos of the emotions to the order of the possible.
Balthus
Painting what I experience, translating what I feel, is like a great liberation. But it is also work, self-examination, consciousness, criticism, struggle.
Balthus

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.
Balthus

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.

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