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Property Sold by the Art Institute of Chicago


La Patience

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November 14, 01:23 AM GMT


12,000,000 - 18,000,000 USD

Lot Details


Property Sold by the Art Institute of Chicago


1908 - 2001

La Patience

signed Balthus and dated 1943 (lower left)

oil on canvas

63 ⅝ by 64 ⅝ in. 161.5 by 164.2 cm.

Executed in 1943 and 1946-48.

Pierre Matisse Gallery, New York (acquired directly from the artist in 1948)

Acquired from the above in 1964 by the present owner

Arts Digest, vol. 31, issue 4-10, p. 7

Pierre-Jean Jouve, "Balthus," La Nef, vol. I, no. 3, September 1944, p. 145

René Char, "Balthus, ou le dard dans la fleur," Cahiers d'art, vols. 20-21, 1945-46, p. 205 illustrated (in its first state)

Robin Ironside, "Balthus," Horizon, April 1948, p. 266, illustrated

James Thrall Soby, "Balthus," The Bulletin of the Museum of Modern Art, vol. 24, no. 3, 1956-57, p. 7

Edith Hoffman, "Current and Forthcoming Exhibitions, New York," Burlington Magazine, vol XCIX. no. 99, February 1957, p. 68 (titled The Game of Patience)

Cleve Gray, “The Art In America Show,” Art in America, vol. 49, no. 4, 1962, p. 97, illustrated

Connoisseur, March 1962, p. CXIII

John Russell, “Master of the Nubile Adolescent,” Art in America, no. 55, November–December 1967, pp. 98-103, illustrated

Keith Roberts, “Current and Forthcoming Exhibitions” Burlington Magazine, vol. CX, no. 788, November 1968, fig. 60, pp. 644-45, illustrated

John Maxon, The Art Institute of Chicago, New York, 1970, p. 273, illustrated

Jean Leymarie, Balthus, New York, 1979, p. 131

Stanislas Klossowski de Rola, Balthus: Paintings, London, 1983, no. 31, p. 96, illustrated in color

Jean Clair, “Eros et Cronos, Le rite et le mythe dans l’oeuvre de Balthus,” Revue de l’Art, no. 63, 1984, p. 89

Sanford Schwartz, "The Art World," The New Yorker, 7 May 1984, p. 126

Fundació Joan Miró, A Joan Miró: collecció permanent d'art contemporani en homenatge a Joan Miró, Barcelona, 1986, p. 90 (titled El Soliari)

Exh. Cat., Lausanne, Musée cantonal des Beaux-Arts, Balthus, 1993, p. 47, illustrated

Margherita Andreotti, Art Institute of Chicago Museum Studies, vol. 20, no. 2, 1994, p. 174; p. 175, illustrated in color 

Koharu Kisaragi, Shuji Takashina and Kunio Motoe, Balthus, Tokyo, 1994, pl. 21

Claude Roy, Balthus, Paris, 1996, pp. 18 and 20, illustrated in color

Stanislas Klossowski de Rola, Balthus, London, 1996, pl. 41, illustrated in color

Virginie Monnier and Jean Clair, Balthus: Catalogue Raisonné of the Complete Works, New York, 1999, no. P140, p. 142, illustrated

John Russell, Matisse: Father and Son, New York, 1999, p. 140

Nathalie Castagné, trans., Balthus à contre-courant: entretiens avec Costanzo Costantini, Paris, 2001, p. 83

Jean Clair, ed., Balthus, New York, 2001, fig. 8, pp. 69 and 286-87, illustrated in color

Mieke Bal, Balthus: Works and Interview, Barcelona, 2008, pp. 130-31, illustrated in color

Balthus, Vanished Splendors: A Memoir, New York, 2002 

Exh. Cat., New York, The Pierport Morgan Library, Pierre Matisse and His Artists, New York, 2002, pp. 80 and 149

Peter Berger, Balthus, portraits privés, Lausanne, 2008, p. 88

Exh. Cat., New York, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Balthus: Cats and Girls, 2013-14, no. 19, pp. 23-24, 100-01 and 26, illustrated in color (titled The Game of Patience)

Exh. Cat., Basel, Fondation Beyeler, Balthus, 2018, p. 109

Geneva, Galerie Georges Moos, Exposition Balthus, 1943, no. 11

Paris, Galerie Beaux-Arts, Balthus, peintures de 1936, 1946, no. 17

New York, Pierre Matisse Gallery, Balthus, 1949, no. 20

New York, The Museum of Modern Art, Balthus, 1956-57, no. 15, pp. 1, 7 and 35, illustrated and illustrated on the title page (titled The Game of Patience)

New York, Decorative Arts Center, The Art in America Show, 1961

New York, Pierre Matisse Gallery, Balthus: Paintings 1929–1961, 1962, no. 6, illustrated

Cambridge, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, The New Gallery, Hayden Library, Balthus, 1964, no. 12

Arts Club of Chicago, Balthus, 1964, no. 12, illustrated

Minneapolis Institute of Arts, 50th Anniversary Exhibition, 1915–1965, 1965-66

London, Tate Gallery, Balthus, 1968, no. 20, pp. 20, 38 and 60, illustrated

Chicago, Museum of Contemporary Art, Balthus in Chicago, 1980, no. 3

Paris, Centre George Pompidou and New York, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Balthus, 1983-84, no. 28 (Paris) and no. 27 (New York), pp. 59, 69, 160-61, 290, and 351 (Paris) and pp. 108-09 (New York), illustrated in color

Cologne, Museum Ludwig, Balthus: Time Suspended, 2007, no. 19, pp. 80-81 and 162, illustrated in color and illustrated in color on the cover

Fort Worth, Kimbell Art Museum, The Age of Picasso and Matisse: Modern Masters from the Art Institute of Chicago, 2013-14, pp. 10 and 131, illustrated in color

Rome, Scuderie del Quirinale and Kunstforum Wien, Balthus: Balthasar Klossowski de Rola, 2016, pp. 61-62, illustrated in color and illustrated in color on the covers