Bird on a Branch – Watercolor on Handmade Paper

“Painting is the passage from the chaos of the emotions to the order of the possible.”


Copyright Beth Parker Art 2013

Copyright Beth Parker Art 2013

Bird on a Branch – Watercolor on Handmade Paper

I love Daniel Smith’s irridescent watercolors.  The outlines on this are a goldish copperish color.  I can’t remember the name, but it reacted well with the handmade paper, due to all the lovely texture.  Kind of odd, but I like it.  🙂

Balthus (Balthasar Klossowski, 1908-2001) and his elder brother, Pierre (1905-2001), were born in Paris into an artistic and intellectual milieu. Their father, Erich Klossowski (1875–1946), was an art historian and painter whose family had escaped from Poland in 1830 during an unsuccessful revolt against Russia and who obtained German citizenship in East Prussia. The boys’ mother, Elisabeth Dorothea Klossowska (1886–1969), was also a painter and was known as Baladine.

As an eight-year-old, in 1916, Balthus had posed with his pet cat for a watercolor by his mother. Three years later he worked his adventures with a stray cat he called Mitsou into 40 pen-and-ink drawings. The German poet Rainer Maria Rilke, a family friend—who not long after became Baladine’s lover—was so enchanted by these drawings that he arranged for them to be published in 1921 in the book Mitsou, for which he provided a preface in French. At Erich Klossowski’s request, the cover of the book gave the young artist’s name as “Baltusz,” as he then spelled his nickname—which was a shortened version of his given name, Balthasar. At Rilke’s suggestion, Balthus signed his work from then on with this childhood nickname, at some point changing the spelling to “Balthus,” as we know it today. Rilke played an important role in Balthus’s life, as a crucial creative influence and also as a surrogate father following Baladine and Erich’s separation.  More…


4 Comments (+add yours?)

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  3. Carol King
    Jul 19, 2013 @ 10:34:18

    hi Beth, this has a really nice feel to it. Kind of antique-y. maybe because of the hand-made paper. Did you make the paper too?


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