By Guy Davenport
Dirt jacket notes: "The portray of Balthus, enigmatic, poetic, and debatable, is either deeply conventional and substantially glossy. In tracing a few of its kinship with the poetry of Rilke (Balthus's formative years mentor), with Picasso and others, man Davenport makes an attempt during this set of meditations written over a number of years in his notebooks to put Balthus because the smooth grasp in whose arms the nice culture of Western work now mostly lies. those terse notes recommend readings of numerous of the main work, hint issues and habitual pictures, and pose speculative principles concerning the which means and nature of Balthus. those notes aren't an orderly argument by means of an artwork critic yet a development of responses, kind of aim, by way of a author who sees Balthus as a good poet in addition to a superb painter."
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T. Batsford, 1938. Welty, Eudora, Acrobats in a Park. Northridge, CA: Lord John Press, 1980. Zolla, Elemire, Archetypes. London: George Allen & Unwin, 1981.
Its stretched Chagallian figure and allusions to private associations show the likenesses and differences of the two painters. Balthusfs subjectivity is absorbed completely; Kitajfs is allowed to remain on the surface, to create a turbulence where Balthus insists upon a calm. ONEBECOMES inured to the hard truth that reality is a function of dreams, that things are perceived according to what they symbolize, which is what caused them to be selected in the first place from myriads of others, all competing for attention.
Balthus goes back to Balzac, for whom reality was magnificent in its monstrous ugliness, for whom youth was at once silly and beautiful. Both paintings depict a Sunday. The old woman in the Passage will have lived through the two intervening world wars. Works Cited Baudelaire, Charles, The Mirror of Art: Critical Studies, tr. and ed. Jonathan Mayne. New York: Phaidon, 1955. Colette, Mitsou, tr. Raymond Postgate, in Six Novels by Colette. New York: Modern Library, 1957. Comfort, Alex, Darwin and the Naked Lady: Discursive Essays on Biology and Art.
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