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The Window (La fenêtre)

Balthus is best known for his erotic and enigmatic images of young girls. In The Window he directly confronts the viewer with the figure of a terrified young woman who leans against a windowsill with her arm raised—presumably to fend off an attacker. At an unknown date, Balthus enhanced the sense of violence in this scene when he reworked the painting to expose the woman’s breast, which had previously been covered by her blouse. Her original neckline can still be detected in the paint surface.

Balthus (Balthazar Klossowski de Rola)
French, 1908–2001
The Window (La fenêtre)
1933
Oil on canvas
63 5/8 x 45 in. (161.6 x 114.3 cm)
Sidney and Lois Eskenazi Museum of Art, 70.62

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