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3 May 2019


Finally this week: the Polish-French artist Balthus painted The Living Room in 1942. Here, at Tate’s website, is a revealing piece about him. The authors of Books do Furnish a Painting tell us that the model for both figures was Georgette, daughter of a local farmer. Apparently she once said ‘I do not care for books’ but you would not know this from the intensity with which she is reading.

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