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Balthus is the subject of a major retrospective in Rome, two years after a similar show in New York sparked controversy over the French painter's erotically charged depictions of barely pubescent girls.Still one of the city's landmark buildings, the Villa is playing host to a parallel exhibition which showcases some of the major works the artist completed during his time in Rome, his impact on the building and its gardens and his working environment.It features samples of work from every stage of Balthus' career, including landscapes, still lifes and portraits as well as some of the controversial erotic pieces and numerous works featuring cats – another of the artist's fixations."Balthus" is up at Villa Medici and the Scuderie del Quirinale until the end of January, then move to Vienna's Kunstforum.
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