Balthus — French Artist born on February 29, 1908, died on February 18, 2001

Balthasar Klossowski de Rola, best known as Balthus, was a Polish-French modern artist... (wikipedia)

Painting is a source of endless pleasure, but also of great anguish.
One must always draw, draw with the eyes, when one cannot draw with a pencil.
Painting is the passage from the chaos of the emotions to the order of the possible.
Painting is a language which cannot be replaced by another language. I don't know what to say about what I paint, really.
Painting what I experience, translating what I feel, is like a great liberation. But it is also work, self-examination, consciousness, criticism, struggle.