Tour Locations | Cowbells, Chalets and Balthus: A Swiss Alpine Village Excursion
Stop here for a moment in front of the building on your right.
This building is Balthus' studio where he did all his painting.
Balthus, formally known as Count Balthasar Klossowski de Rola, was born in Paris on February 29, 1908, and died in Rossinière on February 18, 2001.
He is regarded as one of the great masters of twentieth-century art and is certainly one of the truly singular painters of his time. His paintings are on display in museums and art galleries in capital cities, including the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, the Tate Gallery in London and the Musée d'Orsay in Paris.
Balthus started to paint professionally in 1924 and he produced his first masterpiece, The Street, in 1933. In all, Balthus painted some 300 pictures. All his work is figurative and plays with the notions of youth and innocence.
Let's keep moving while I tell you more. Just continue straight.
Balthus’ loved cats and was nicknamed "king of the cats". Rossiniere honours his memory in a charming festival, held every two years: The Kingdom of Cats. Artists and sculptors of all ages, including school children, are invited to submit cats of all shapes and size. These are exhibited outdoors around the village for two months in the summer. Guests to the exhibition vote on the cats they like best and, at the end of summer, the festival closes with a celebration where prizes are awarded to the winners in the various categories. A fun event!
Towards the end of the tour, we'll be visiting the Balthus Chapel where you'll be able to find out more about this remarkable artist.