Balthus – Scuderie del Quirinale, Académie de France, Villa Medici – Rome

Balthus’s is a realm of pictorial paradoxes, artifices, mirrors and masks. An enormously learned and histrionic aesthete, known for his mistrust towards interpreters and commentators on his work, Balthus had a penchant for questioning his audience about aesthetic credos and expectations. Little wonder he became the controversial figure, who has been equally regarded as the rappel-à-l’ordre…