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Le Lever [Getting up]
© ADAGP, Paris and DACS, London 2015

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Le Lever [Getting up] 1955

On Display Modern One

The model in this painting is Balthus's niece by marriage, Frédérique Tison. Seventeen years old at the time this work was painted, Frédérique became the artist's favourite model and muse. Her pose is both vulnerable and confrontational, suggesting sexual awakening. It derives from paintings by Caravaggio and Corregio. The work was painted in the artist's château near Nevers, in central France, where Balthus moved in 1953.

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The source of an artist's inspiration. The term originates in Greek mythology in which the Muses were the nine daughters of Mnemosyne and Zeus, each of whom presided over a different art or science.



  • Acc. No. GMA 2311
  • Medium Oil on canvas
  • Size 161.00 x 130.40 cm (framed: 188.00 x 155.5 cm)
  • Credit Purchased 1981