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1908 - 2001

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Balthasar Klossowski de Rola (February 29, 1908 – February 18, 2001), known as Balthus, was a Polish-French modern artist. He is known for his erotically charged images of pubescent girls, but also for the refined, dreamlike quality of his imagery. Throughout his career, Balthus rejected the usual conventions of the art world. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Balthus has received more than 791,458 page views. His biography is available in 31 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 30 in 2019). Balthus is the 270th most popular painter (down from 226th in 2019), the 854th most popular biography from France (down from 742nd in 2019) and the 65th most popular French Painter.

Balthus is most famous for his paintings of young girls.

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Among painters, Balthus ranks 270 out of 1,421Before him are Henri Fantin-Latour, Pieter Claesz, Il Sodoma, Gerard ter Borch, Philippe de Champaigne, and Jacques Callot. After him are Martin Schongauer, Paul Delaroche, James Tissot, Norman Rockwell, Félicien Rops, and Carlo Crivelli.

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Among people born in 1908, Balthus ranks 38Before him are William Saroyan, Dmitry Ustinov, Werner von Haeften, Hannes Alfvén, Willard Libby, and John Kenneth Galbraith. After him are Cesare Pavese, Ilya Frank, Joseph Rotblat, Alfred Hershey, Günther Prien, and Infante Jaime, Duke of Segovia. Among people deceased in 2001, Balthus ranks 24Before him are Laurent-Désiré Kabila, Ernst Gombrich, Alberto Korda, William Hanna, Robert Ludlum, and Marie José of Belgium. After him are John Lee Hooker, Dương Văn Minh, Nguyễn Văn Thiệu, Douglas Adams, Nikolay Basov, and Zhang Xueliang.

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In France

Among people born in France, Balthus ranks 854 out of 6,011Before him are Christina of Lorraine (1565), Jules Ferry (1832), Jérôme Lalande (1732), Émile Borel (1871), Louis Néel (1904), and Jacques Callot (1592). After him are Ferdinand Cheval (1836), Stéphane Audran (1932), Jean-Luc Nancy (1940), Charles III of Navarre (1361), Gaston Doumergue (1863), and Caterina Valente (1931).

Among PAINTERS In France

Among painters born in France, Balthus ranks 65Before him are Pierre Puvis de Chavannes (1824), Georges Rouault (1871), Jean-Baptiste Greuze (1725), Simon Vouet (1590), Henri Fantin-Latour (1836), and Jacques Callot (1592). After him are Martin Schongauer (1450), Paul Delaroche (1797), James Tissot (1836), Thomas Couture (1815), Horace Vernet (1789), and Séraphine Louis (1864).