Balthus: A Biography, 1999

Published by Alfred A. Knopf, Inc., New York; Weidenfeld & Nicolson, London


The first full-scale biography of one of the most elusive and enigmatic painters of our time – the self-proclaimed Count Balthus Klossowski de Rola – whose brilliantly rendered, markedly sexualized portraits, especially of young girls, are among the most memorable images in contemporary art.

The story of Balthus’s life has been shrouded by contradiction and hearsay, most of it his own invention; over the years he created for himself a persona of mystery, aristocracy, and glamour. Now, in Nicholas Fox Weber’s superb biography, Balthus, the man and the artist, stands revealed as never before.