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Art and Images in Psychiatry |

Girl With Cat and Young Girl at the Window Balthus

James C. Harris, MD1
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1Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, Developmental Neuropsychiatry, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, Baltimore, Maryland
JAMA Psychiatry. 2014;71(5):478-479. doi:10.1001/jamapsychiatry.2013.2729.
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Balthus (Balthasar Klossowski de Rola, 1908-2001), a child prodigy in art, is best known for his precocious early drawings of cats and for his psychologically provocative and penetrating portraits of young girls on the threshold of puberty.2,3 His father, Erich Klossowski, was a noted Polish art historian, painter, and critic, and his mother, Elisabeth Klossowski, also known as Baladine, was an established painter. Because his parents were part of the cultural elite in Paris, France, Balthus was exposed to the world of art early in life. His childhood was disrupted by the outbreak of World War I when his parents’ status as German citizens forced the family to move to Berlin, Germany. They lived there under difficult circumstances that resulted in his parents’ separation in 1917; afterward, his mother moved to Switzerland with him and his brother. Rainer Maria Rilke, one of the leading German poets of his time, befriended her. Baladine illustrated Rilke’s poems and became his lover. Rilke became the leading influence in Balthus’ life and encouraged young Balthus’ artistic talent. In 1921, Rilke arranged for the publication of a book of 40 ink drawings by 12-year-old Balthus and wrote the preface to the book.3,4 The drawings illustrate Balthus’ emotional devastation at the loss of Mitsou, a stray cat he had taken in and loved. These drawings initiated Balthus’ lifelong fascination with cats.

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Balthus (Balthazar Klossowski de Rola; 1908-2001), French. Painting © Balthus, Girl With Cat, 1937. Oil on canvas, 87.6 × 77.7 cm (34½ × 30½ in). Edwin and Lindy Bergman Collection. Art Institute of Chicago.

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Balthus (Balthazar Klossowski de Rola; 1908-2001), French. Painting © Balthus, Young Girl at the Window, 1955. Oil on canvas, 196 × 126 cm. Private collection.

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