Katia Reading, detail (1974). Balthus (Balthasar Klossowski de Rola) (French, 1908-2001). Casein and tempera on canvas.
In Katia, the adolescent girl, which remained Balthus’ favorite subject matter, seems possessed with a mood of detachment as she continues to rest and read. Katia and her sister Michelina were daughters of an employee at the Villa Medici.