A Balthus Notebook by Guy Davenport

By Guy Davenport

Dirt jacket notes: "The portray of Balthus, enigmatic, poetic, and arguable, is either deeply conventional and extensively sleek. In tracing a few of its kinship with the poetry of Rilke (Balthus's youth mentor), with Picasso and others, man Davenport makes an attempt during this set of meditations written over a number of years in his notebooks to put Balthus because the sleek grasp in whose fingers the good culture of Western work now mostly lies. those terse notes recommend readings of a number of of the most important work, hint subject matters and routine pictures, and pose speculative rules in regards to the that means and nature of Balthus. those notes should not an orderly argument via an paintings critic yet a development of responses, roughly aim, through a author who sees Balthus as a very good poet in addition to a superb painter."

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APPLEIS both discord and harmony. Pear is concord, sweetness, harvest bounty. Eve's malum, meaning l1evill1 and "apple"; and there's the resemblance of glans penis to an apple). Theocritus VII: Eros compared to a red apple, Philinos (the beloved) to the mellow ripeness of a pear. Pear: Castor and Pollux, friendship of teacher and pupil, artist and model. Leda's egg: apple (Helen) and pear (the Dioskouroi). Apple and pear in Balthus's The Painter and His Model are a symbol (however we arrive at it through the Greek, Roman, and Christian grammar of the erotic apple and the friendly pear) of the bonding of artist and model.

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Pear is concord, sweetness, harvest bounty. Eve's malum, meaning l1evill1 and "apple"; and there's the resemblance of glans penis to an apple). Theocritus VII: Eros compared to a red apple, Philinos (the beloved) to the mellow ripeness of a pear. Pear: Castor and Pollux, friendship of teacher and pupil, artist and model. Leda's egg: apple (Helen) and pear (the Dioskouroi). Apple and pear in Balthus's The Painter and His Model are a symbol (however we arrive at it through the Greek, Roman, and Christian grammar of the erotic apple and the friendly pear) of the bonding of artist and model.

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