STUDY OF LADY ABDY, 1935
Lady Abdy; by descent
Literature: Clair & Monnier, 'Balthus, Catalogue Raisonné de l'Oeuvre Complet', illustrated p.221, catalogued under the number D452
Note: This drawing relates to the major 1935 painting of Lady Abdy that Balthus completed in the year she played the role of Beatrice Cenci in Antonin Artaud's production of The Cenci, and Artaud wrote about the painting. The Quai de Bourbon address on the headed paper is that of Lady Abdy at the time.