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Early Life:

         Balthazar Klossowski was an esteemed tarnish/French modern artiste whose work was eventually anti-modern. In his desicive years his art was sponsored by Rainer Maria Rilke, Pierre Bonnard and Henri Matisse. His father, Erich Klossowski, a noted art historian (he wrote a monograph on Daumier), and his mother Elisabeth Dorothea Spiro (known as Baladine Klossowska) were part of intellectual elite in Paris. Balthus' older brother, Pierre Klossowski, was a philosopher influenced by Marquis de Sade writings. Jean Cocteau, who was friend of the Klossowskis, found some inspiration for his novel Les Enfants Terribles (1929) on his visits to the family.

Balthazar Klossowski de Rola


Personal Details


Balthazar Klossowski de Rola

Place of birth


Date of Birth

February 29, 1908

Date of Death

February 18, 2001






Polish French Modern Artist




The Street(1935),The Mountain(1937),Nude before a Mirror(1955)


         Early on his work was trendy by writers and fellow painters, especially by André Breton and Pablo Picasso. His circle of friends in Paris included the novelist Pierre-Jean Jouve, the photographers Josef Breitenbach and Man Ray, Antonin Artaud, and the painters André Derain, Joan Miro and Alberto Giacometti (one of the most faithful of his friends). In 1948, another friend, Albert Camus, asked him to design the sets and costumes for his play L'Etat de Siège (The State of Siege, directed by Jean-Louis Barrault).

   Works Of Balthus:

Work done by Balthazar Klossowski de Rola

Work done by Balthazar Klossowski de Rola