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#460 - Balthus

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The enigmatic artist’s beautiful French countryside
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Esteemed but controversial Polish-French modern artist (1908–2001). Rare and exceptional unsigned ink sketch of a church in the small village of Moutonne near Orgelet, Franche-Comté, with the massive stone ‘castle’ from the same village in the foreground, expertly drawn by Balthus on an off-white 8.25 x 10 sheet. Inscribed at the top to his friend Pierre Beres in French (translated): “My friend, I'm surprised to have not heard from you for quite some time.” In fine condition, with uniform toning and a small tear to the lower left, just below the tree. This magnificent piece was exhibited at the Balthus exhibition held at Musée Gustave Courbet in Ornans from July to September 1992. RR Auction COA.


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