The earliest painting in the Balthus retrospective that was at the Musée des Beaux-Arts in Lausanne over the summer dated from 1922, when the artist was fourteen years old.[1]“Balthus” was on view at the Musée cantonal des Beaux-Arts, Lausanne, Switzerland, from May 29 through August 29, 1993. A French-language catalogue, with essays by Jean Leymarie, Jean Rodolphe de Salis, Jean Starobinski, and Jorg Zutter, has been published by Skira/Musée cantonal des Beaux Arts (120 pages, 50 Swiss francs). This strikingly precocious composition, in tempera on paper, brings together a knight, an angel, and a horse in a design that has overtones of Piero della Francesca; titled The Angel's Message to the Knight of Strattligen, it was a proposal (not accepted) for a decoration for a church at Einigen, on the Lake of Thun. The most recent painting in the show, The Cat with Mirror III, is said to have left...

 

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