DAYS OF GOLD: Balthasar Klossowski de Rola (better known as Balthus) is not a painter that I am familiar with at all. However I just tripped across the painter’s work when I stumbled across this famous painting a couple of minutes ago. ‘The Golden Day’s from 1944, features a girl lying back, lounging on a type of chaise lounge by the fire looking at her reflection in a small hand-held mirror. The image reflects some of the tendencies said to be seen in many other Balthus’ works, namely a sensual portrayal of a young girl (said by Klossowski not to be erotic but portraying the discomfort of children’s sexuality…) and features figurative, bold shapes. So despite the slightly uncomfortable implications of the painting, I do like the golden colours and the mid-20th century decadence of the work. The image was even referenced for an image of Victoria Beckham (of all people), shot by one of my favourite fashion photographers, Michael Thompson for an editorial (accompanying a cover starring Beckham) from Allure’s August 2008 issue. I can clearly see that the Swiss painters’ work was not easily categorized. The solid outline of the people and the furniture in the photo, as well as the strong colours are not really naturalistic nor are they skewed enough to be considered surreal in any way. Which is part of the reason why ‘Golden Days’ is so intriguing and why I will no doubt endeavor to find out a little bit more about Mr. Klossowski’s works of art.