This Is Why You’ll Always Return

Ile de Luzon. Métisses Tagalo-Chinoises. Portraits, 1870-1914. Photographe inconnu. Bnf.

You’re God’s answer to Job. You would have ended all argument between them…He’d have said “I do a lot of terrible things but I can also make one of these.”…and Job would have said “OK, you win.”

Woody Allen’s Manhattan (1979)

Photo: Ile de Luzon. Métisses Tagalo-Chinoises. Portraits, 1870-1914. Photographe inconnu. Bnf.

For Balthus’s Birthday

Painting by Balthus: The Week with Four Thursdays (1949)

NO BIOGRAPHICAL DETAILS. BEGIN: BALTHUS IS A PAINTER OF WHOM NOTHING IS KNOWN. NOW LET US LOOK AT THE PICTURES. REGARDS. B.

– Telegram sent by Balthus to the Tate Gallery as it prepared for its 1968 retrospective of his works

Painting by Balthus: The Week with Four Thursdays (1949)