• Impressionist Modern Works on  auction at Christies

    Sale 2218

    Impressionist Modern Works on Paper

    4 November 2009, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 134

    Balthus (Balthazar Klossowski de Rola, 1908-2001)

    Etude pour Femme couchée

    Price Realised  

    Balthus (Balthazar Klossowski de Rola, 1908-2001)
    Etude pour Femme couchée
    signed with monogram (lower left)
    pencil on buff paper
    17¾ x 23½ in. (45.1 x 59.7 cm.)
    Drawn in 1948


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    The present work is a preparatory drawing for the painting by Balthus entitled Femme couchée of 1948 (Monnier, no. P 172), for which the model was Jacqueline Matisse.

    Provenance

    Galerie Jan Krugier, Geneva.
    Private collection, Switzerland.
    Thomas Ammann Fine Art, Zurich.
    Private collection, Florida (acquired from the above); sale, Christie's, London, 5 February 2004, lot 425.
    Acquired at the above sale by the present owner.


    Literature

    V. Monnier and J. Clair, Balthus, Catalogue Raisonné of the Complete Works, Paris, 1999, p. 243, no. D 588 (illustrated).


    Exhibited

    Vevey, Switzerland, Musée Jenisch, Balthus, De Piero della Francesca à Alberto Giacometti, May-August 2002, no. 44 (illustrated, pp. 43 and 129).