The Tate Gallery wrote to Balthus requesting a biography to include in their 1968 retrospective of his work. Balthus responded by telegram, "NO BIOGRAPHICAL DETAILS, BEGIN: BALTHUS IS A PAINTER OF WHOM NOTHING IS KNOWN. NOW LET US LOOK AT THE PICTURES.
The sometimes sinister, often erotically-charged images of young girls in dimly lit rooms will always be controversial. I really want to see the Balthus exhibition, Cats and Girls currently at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York.
PS How great is that exhibition title? I'm like Ernest Hemingway when it comes to titles of paintings or exhibitions. Simpler and to the point is better! The Last Supper, The Raft of the Medusa, The Guitar Player, Haystacks, Starry Night, The Scream, Nighthawks, Portrait of Madame X and so on. The exception--Paul Klee's titles, which are inventive and can be so funny (Ghost of a Genius).