By Guy Davenport
Dirt jacket notes: "The portray of Balthus, enigmatic, poetic, and arguable, is either deeply conventional and extensively glossy. In tracing a few of its kinship with the poetry of Rilke (Balthus's formative years mentor), with Picasso and others, man Davenport makes an attempt during this set of meditations written over a number of years in his notebooks to put Balthus because the smooth grasp in whose arms the nice culture of Western work now mostly lies. those terse notes recommend readings of numerous of the main work, hint issues and ordinary photos, and pose speculative rules concerning the which means and nature of Balthus. those notes are usually not an orderly argument through an paintings critic yet a development of responses, roughly goal, by means of a author who sees Balthus as a superb poet in addition to a very good painter."
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Abrams, 1984. Schapiro, Meyer, Modern Art. New York: George Braziller, 1978. , O n Walter Benjamin: Critical Essays and Recollections. Cambridge, MA, and London: MIT Press, 1988. Stein, Gertrude, Picasso. London: B. T. Batsford, 1938. Welty, Eudora, Acrobats in a Park. Northridge, CA: Lord John Press, 1980. Zolla, Elemire, Archetypes. London: George Allen & Unwin, 1981.
Eve's malum, meaning l1evill1 and "apple"; and there's the resemblance of glans penis to an apple). Theocritus VII: Eros compared to a red apple, Philinos (the beloved) to the mellow ripeness of a pear. Pear: Castor and Pollux, friendship of teacher and pupil, artist and model. Leda's egg: apple (Helen) and pear (the Dioskouroi). Apple and pear in Balthus's The Painter and His Model are a symbol (however we arrive at it through the Greek, Roman, and Christian grammar of the erotic apple and the friendly pear) of the bonding of artist and model.
Both paintings depict a Sunday. The old woman in the Passage will have lived through the two intervening world wars. Works Cited Baudelaire, Charles, The Mirror of Art: Critical Studies, tr. and ed. Jonathan Mayne. New York: Phaidon, 1955. Colette, Mitsou, tr. Raymond Postgate, in Six Novels by Colette. New York: Modern Library, 1957. Comfort, Alex, Darwin and the Naked Lady: Discursive Essays on Biology and Art. New York: George Braziller, 1961. Dobyns, Stephen, The Balthus Poems. New York: Atheneum, 1982.
A Balthus Notebook by Guy Davenport