18 December 2007
EUGEN SPIRO (1874-1972)
Portrait der Schwester des Künstlers (Baladine Klossowska)
signed and dated 'Eugen Spiro 1902' (lower right)
oil on canvas
62¾ x 47½ in. (159.4 x 120.7 cm.)
Painted in 1902.
Anon. sale, Christie's, London, 7 October 1988, lot 309.
Chiu Gallery, London (acquired at the above sale).
Acquired from the above by the late owner, August 1989.
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S. Rewald, "Balthus lessons--Five Controversial Works by the French Artist," Art in America, September 1997, p. 94 (illustrated).
Bremen Kunstverein, 1903.
Leipzig Kunstverein (date unknown).
The present work depicts Baladine Klossowska (née Elisabeth Spiro), the artist's sister and the mother of noted 20th century painter Balthus.
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