Balthus, La Toilette de Kathy, 1936, Centre Pompidou
Their absence is made up for by the appearance of rarities from private collections, like a copy of a part of the Légende de la Sainte-Croix, by Piero della Francesca, made in 1926 and unknown until now, and portraits also dating from the artist's early years at the end of the 1920s. These discoveries are not merely instructive. They are the focus of the retrospective. Just as other expositions have done -- Paris in 1983, Lausanne in 1993, the Palazzo Grassi in Venice in 2001 -- the interest given to Balthus's different periods has changed in a way that becomes explicit here. After the equal treatment to all of the work, from between the World Wars to the final years, is succeeding a predilection more and more marked for the 1930s and 40s, so that the large Passage du commerce Saint-André, particularly favored in Martigny, appears like a conclusion, after which Balthus invented and discovered less.You can see a few images of the works in the exhibit here.