By Gilles Neret
FRENCH-GERMAN PAINTER count number BALTHASAR KLOSSOWSKI DE ROLA (1908-2001), referred to as BALTHUS, stunned THE PARISIAN artwork global IN 1934 along with his DREAMY, SENSUAL, NEO-CLASSICAL pictures OF NYMPHETS AT A TIME while SURREALISM AND ABSTRACTION have been DE RIGUEUR. AS A PROVOCATEUR, BALTHUS used to be frequently SCORNED; AS AN ARTIST, HE used to be broadly EMBRACED AS A PRODIGY. based on CRITICS OF HIS REALIST type, BALTHUS stated: "THE genuine ISN'T WHAT you think that you spot. it is easy to BE A REALIST OF the substitute AND A FIGURATIVE PAINTER OF THE INVISIBLE." HIS EROTIC, POETIC work survive AS EXAMPLES OF the easiest FIGURATIVE paintings OF the trendy period.