Episode #52: Shock Art: Balthus' Thérèse Dreaming (Season 5, Episode 6)
Works that we take for granted today as masterpieces, or as epitomes of the finest of fine art, could also have been considered ugly, of poor quality, or just bad when they were first made. With the passage of time comes a calm and an acceptance. But that doesn’t change the fact that there are many works peppered throughout art history that were straight-up shocking to the public when they were first presented decades, or even hundreds of years ago.
Today's work of "shock art" flips the script, from a piece that was accepted (or at least tolerated) in its time, and has since become a rallying point for the #MeToo movement: Balthus’ Thérèse Dreaming.
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Links and further resources
Metropolitan Museum of Art: Balthus, Thérèse Dreaming
Metropolitan Museum of Art: Balthus: Cats and Girls—Interview with Curator Sabine Rewald
University of Chicago Press Journals: Balthus's Thérèses
New York Times: We Need to Talk about Balthus