Balthus: cats and girls

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Lesson Planned


Artist: Sabine Rewald

Year: 2013-2014

Date of Action: August 2021

Region: North America

Location: Metropolitan museum of Art

Subject: Explicit Sexuality, Sexual/Gender Orientation


Confronting Bodies:

Description of Artwork: “‘The artist of this painting, Balthus, had a noted infatuation with pubescent girls and this painting is undeniably romanticizing the sexualization of a child.' Her petition continues: 'Given the current climate around sexual assault and allegations that become more public each day, in showcasing this work for the masses, The Met is romanticizing voyeurism and the objectification of children."

The Incident: Paintings at the MET, critiqued/challenged, protested

Results of Incident: {{{description_of_result}}}