The Easel

Balthus: Beyeler honors Klossowski the younger

Is it possible to view Balthus’ paintings without revisiting the recent uproar? A Swiss museum is having a try but it’s a big ask. Balthus protested his innocent motivations, a claim supported by his widow. From his perspective, his dreaming, pre-pubescent girls “dwell forever in a realm secure from the rude intrusion of common mortals”. Still, to look at his works and not wonder is indeed a big ask.