Drawings by Balthus. November 26-December 21, 1963
New York: E.V. Thaw & Co., 1963. 1st Edition. Octavo, publisher’s stapled stiff illustrated wraps, printed on glossy cardstock.
"When you draw, you are at the heart of the world, and the more you draw, the more deeply you enter existence." Catalog published on the occasion of a 1963 exhibition of drawings by the controversial French-Polish master painter at Eugene V. Thaw’s gallery. Balthus’s charcoal, pencil, ink, crayon, and watercolor sketches were not only preparatory studies but reveal "all that he leaves unsaid" in his paintings (from scholar and curator John Rewald's introduction). A major collector of Old Masters and 20th century artists, Thaw was one of the most respected dealers in the New York art world. He opened his gallery, located at the Algonquin Hotel on West 44th Street, in1950. Illustrated in black-and-white with a selection of the 55 drawings exhibited; with a checklist. Light soiling and edgewear. Very good. Item #6414