L'œuvre Alice - Centre Pompidou




Reproduction d'une œuvre

Crédit photographique : © Philippe Migeat - Centre Pompidou, MNAM-CCI /Dist. RMN-GP
© Madame Harumi Klossowska de Rola et Adagp, Paris

À propos de l'œuvre

Balthus (1908 - 2001)


(Alice dans le miroir)

printemps 1933 - été 1933

Huile sur toile

162,3 x 112 cm

Inscriptions :S.D.B.G. à la peinture noire : Balthus 1933

Achat avec l'aide du Fonds du Patrimoine 1995

Numéro d'inventaire : AM 1995-205

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Description for the presentation 2015-2016 in the National Museum of Modern Art

When it was first shawn, in April 1934, Alice caused a scandal. "Nothing could please me more", wrote the 26-year-old Balthus, "for 1 am one of those still willing to put themselves at risk". lt was Betty Holland, young wife of his friend Pierre Leyris, who posed for the picture. The attractive face, much like hers, contrasts with a body peculiar in its curves, with its heavy bosom, narrow waist and childlike feet, while the gaze of the blank eyes invests with threat the sex displayed in the middle of the canvas. Not at all naturalistic, Alice is typical of inter-war realism in its "uncanny".

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