by Mozart Wolfgang Amadeus
Mozart Wolfgang Amadeus. Cosi Fan Tutte. Xilografie di Balthus. New York: Limited Editions Club, 2001. First edition. One of 300 copies signed by Balthus this being number 77. Folio. With 6 full-page color woodcuts by Balthus. Text in Italian. Publisher's full peacock green silk. Front board with black leather label on, lettered in gilt. Very fine. Housed in the publisher's matching suede-lined silk clamshell with black leather label, lettered in gilt on spine. Also includes three compact discs containing Hans Rosbaud's opera in a pocket in the inside rear cover. With Limited Editions Club newsletter laid in.
In 1950, Balthus designed the costumes and sets for a production of Mozart’s Cosi fan tutte mounted in July at the 31čme Festival International de Musique in Aix-en-Provence. His decors captured the spirit of an opera that has been described as “iridescent, like a glorious soap bubble, with the colors of buffoonery, parody and both genuine and simulated emotion.” (Rewald, p.45)..
Ref: Balthus: Catalog of an Exhibition at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Feb. 29, 1984 to May 13, 1984; Sabine Rewald; Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1984 (Inventory #: 1222)