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scandal and mysticism With Balthus there are no half measures. He is an artist who is loved or detested. Considered one of the great masters of art of the twentieth century, Balthus is undoubtedly one of the most unique painters of his time. His work, diverse and ambiguous, as admired as rejected, followed a path virtually contrary to the development of the avantgarde. His personal pictorial language, with sensual nuances of delimited contours, combines techniques of ancient masters with certain aspects of Surrealism. His images embody an infinity of contradictions. Balthus is an expert in mixing opposite poles: tranquility with extreme tension, dream with reality, mystery with everyday life and something even more original: innocence with eroticism.

The main theme that remains in the air of his paintings is that halo, that luminous glow of strange emotions called adolescence. This demanding and capricious artist, was sponsored by some of the greatest creators of the twentieth century, however, he began painting in a period of enormous cultural anxiety, for the invasion of Nazism and the outbreak of World War II. It began in Post-Impressionism, by the hand of Pierre Bonnard. His work could be between Surrealism and Magic Realism. But it also has profound Renaissance influences: Masaccio, Piero della Francesca... from the Baroque: Caravaggio and Naturalism: Poussin, Géricault, Gustave Courbet...

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AGNES B + IMPRESIONISMO + MANISH ARORA + KARL LARGERFELD + PICASSO + CHOPARD + PAUL KLEE + LEONARD PARIS + MARTÍN CHIRINO + ISSEY MIYAKE +...

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