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Name: Balthasar Klossowski de Rola                                                   
Born: 29 February 1908                                                               
Died: 18 February 2001                                                               
Balthasar Klossowski de Rola (February 29, 1908 in Paris - February 18, 2001),       
known as Balthus was an esteemed Polish/French modern artist.                         
Balthus' style is primarily classical and academic. Though his technique and         
compositions were inspired by pre-renaissance painters, there are also eerie         
intimations reminiscent of contemporary surrealists like de Chirico. Painting         
the figure at a time when figurative art was largely ignored, he is widely           
recognised as an important 20th century artist.                                       
Many of his paintings show young girls in an erotic context. Balthus insisted         
that his work was not pornographic, but that it just recognized the                   
discomforting facts of children's sexuality.