The present drawing, which is double-sided and features pencil sketches of a guitar on the reverse, relates to the important oil Le Rêve II which was also exhibited at Palazzo Grassi in Venice in 2001 (fig. 1). In both works, the sleeping girl is Frédérique Tison, the stepdaughter of Balthus’s brother, Pierre Klossowski. Referring to Frédérique in the present work, the exhibition catalogue comments, "The drawing perfectly renders the depth of the sleep, the serenity with which the sleeper yields to it, and we can imagine the happiness her dream is bringing her" (exhibition catalogue, Balthus, p. 356).
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