About This Artwork

Balthus (Baltusz Klossowski de Rola)
French, 1908–2001

Solitaire, 1943

Oil on canvas
63 1/2 x 64 3/8 in. (161.3 x 163.5 cm)
Signed and dated, l.l.: "Balthus 1943"

Joseph Winterbotham Collection, 1964.177

© Balthus

Exhibition, Publication and Ownership Histories

Exhibition History

Geneva, Galerie Georges Moos, Exposition Balthus, November 1943, no. 11.

Paris, Galerie Beaux-Arts, Balthus, peintures de 1936 a 14, November 25, 1946–December 10, 1946, cat. 17.

New York, Pierre Matisse Gallery, Balthus, 1949, cat. 20, (ill.).

New York, Museum of Modern Art, Balthus, December 19, 1956–February 3, 1957, no.15.

Chicago, Arts Club, Balthus, September 21–October 28, 1961, no. 12 (ill.).

New York, Decorative Arts Center, The Art in America Show, December 7-22, 1961.

New York, Pierre Matisse Gallery, Balthus: Paintings 1929–1961, March 1962, no. 6 (ill.).

Cambridge, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, The New Gallery, Hayden Library, Balthus, February 10, 1964–March 1964, no. 12.

Minneapolis, Institute of Arts, 50th Anniversary Exhibition, 1915–1965, November 4, 1965–January 2, 1966.

London, Tate Gallery, October 4–November 10, 1968, no. 20, pp. 38, 60.

Chicago, Museum of Contemporary Art, Balthus in Chicago, August 1–November 9, 1980, no. 3, p. 9.

Paris, Centre George Pompidou, Balthus, November 5, 1983–January 23, 1984; no. 28, pp. 58, 69, 160-61 (ill.), 290, 351 (ill.); traveled to New York, Metropolitan Museum of Art, February 21–May 13, 1984, no. 27, pp. 108–9 (ill.), 175.

Rome, Scuderie del Quirinale, Balthus: Balthasar Klossowski de Rola, Oct. 24–Jan. 31, 2016, no cat. no.; Kunstforum Wien, Feb. 24–June 19, 2016.

Publication History

Hoffman, Edith. “Current and Forthcoming Exhibitions, New York,” Burlington Magazine, v. 99 (February 1957), p. 68.

Gray, Cleve. “The Art In America Show,” Art in America, v. 49 (1962), no. 4, p. 97, 1961 (ill.), p. 97.

The Art Institute of Chicago, Paintings in Art Institute of Chicago: A Catalogue of the Picture Collection (Chicago 1961), p. 1979.

Connoisseur, v. 149 (March 1962), p. CXIII.

Art Institute of Chicago, Annual Report, 1963–1964, pp. 21–22 (ill.).

Russell, John. “Master of the Nubile Adolescent,” Art in America, v. 55 (November–December 1967), pp. 98–103, (ill.) p. 100.

Roberts, Keith. “Current and Forthcoming Exhibition, London,” Burlington Magazine, v. 110 (November 1968), fig. 60, (ill.) p. 644, p. 645.

Leymarie, Jean. Balthus (New York: 1979), p. 131.

Klossowski de Rola, Stanislas, Balthus (London: Thames and Hudson 1983), p. 96, cat. 31, (ill.) p. 31.

Centre Georges Pompidou, Balthus (Paris, 1983), pp. 59, 69, 160–61, 290 (ill.) p. 351.

Clair, Jean. “Eros et Cronos, Le rite et le mythe dans l’oeuvre de Balthus,” Revue del’Art, no. 63 (1984), p. 89.

Metropolitan Museum of Art, Balthus (New York:1984), p. 108–109 (ill.) p. 75

Monnier, Virginie. Balthus: catalogue raissoné de l’oeuvre, (Paris, 1999), no. P140, pp. 142 (ill.), 575.

Evelyn Benesch, Cécile Debray, and Andreas Beyer, Balthus: Balthasar Klossowski de Rola, exh. cat. (Electa, 2015), pp. front-back covers (color ill.); pp. 61-62 (color ill. as La Patience).

Ownership History

Pierre Matisse Gallery, New York, acquired from the artist, 1948. Purchased by the Art Institute, 1964.




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