The Window

Balthus (Count Balthazar Klossowski de Rola) (French, 1908–2001; worked in Berlin 1921–1924)
The Window, 1933

Oil on canvas
63 7/8 x 45 inches (162.2 x 114.3 cm)


1934–ca. 1939, Galerie Pierre (collection of Pierre Loeb), Paris [?]

ca. 1939–1947, Collection of Pierre Colle, dealer, Paris [?]

1947, Pierre Matisse, possibly purchased from Pierre Colle

1947–1969, Pierre Matisse Gallery, New York

1969–1970, Donald Morris Gallery, Detroit

1970, Purchased by IU Art Museum from Donald Morris Gallery, Detroit


April 13, 1934–April 28, 1934, “Balthus,” Galerie Pierre, Paris

1949, “Balthus,” Pierre Matisse Gallery, New York (cat. no. 6)

March 1962, “Balthus Paintings, 1929–1961,” Pierre Matisse Gallery, New York (cat. no. 2)

February 10, 1964–March 2, 1964, “Balthus,” The New Hayden Gallery, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, Massachusetts (cat. no. 4)

September 21, 1964–October 28, 1964, “Balthus,” The Arts Club of Chicago, Chicago (cat. no. 4)

November 24, 1969–December 20, 1969, “A Benefit Exhibition of Balthus Paintings and Drawings for the City School of Detroit,” Donald Morris Gallery, Detroit (cat. no. 3)

October 10, 1973–April 1975, "Paintings from Midwestern University Collections," traveling exhibition organized by the Wildenstein Gallery, New York (cat. no. 57)

October 24, 1975–November 30, 1975, “Puvis de Chavannes and the Modern Tradition,” Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto (cat. no. 80)

November 12–December 31, 1980, "Twentieth Century Painting, Sculpture, and Drawing from the Collection of Indiana University Art Museum," The Arts Club of Chicago, Chicago, Illinois

November 5, 1983–January 23, 1984, “Balthus,” Musée national d’art moderne, Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris; traveled to The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, February 20, 1984–May 13, 1984 (cat. no. 7 in Paris; cat. no. 6 in New York)

September 20, 1986–June 29, 1987, Neuberger Museum, State University of New York at Purchase, New York (cat. p. 69)

January 23, 1996–March 25, 1996, “Balthus Retrospective,” Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofia, Madrid (cat. p. 151)

February 20, 1997–May 25, 1997, “Années 30 en Europe: Le temps menaçant 1929/1939,” Musée d’Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris, Paris

September 9, 2001–January 6, 2002, “Balthus,” Palazzo Grassi, Venice (cat. no. 42)

August 18–November 4, 2007, "Balthus—Aufgehobene Zeit: Gemälde und Zeichnungen 1932–1960," Museum Ludwig, Cologne, Germany (cat. no. 2)

Catalogue Raisonné

Monnier, Virginie and Jean Clair, eds. Balthus: Catalogue raisonné de l'oeuvre complet. Paris: Gallimard. 1999. (cat. no. 72)

Alternate Titles

The Fear of Ghosts

La peur des fantômes

La Fenêtre

Das Fenster


Provenance research on this work is ongoing, and this record will be updated as more information becomes available.