Erich Klossowski  

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Erich Klossowski (1875 - 1949) was a French/German art historian and a painter, now primarily known as the father of the writer-philosopher- painter and actor Pierre Klossowski and the artist Balthus.

He was born to a noble Polish family (szlachta) of the Rola coat-of-arms, that lived in Prussia. This was precisely the reason for his son Balthus, to add, "de Rola" to his family name Klossowski.

Erich Klossowski wrote (in German) one of the early monographs on Honoré Daumier, first published in Munich in 1908 and again in 1914 . He married the artist Baladine Elisabeth Dorothea Spiro. whom Rainer Maria Rilke called Merline Later, the couple moved to Paris.


  • La collection Cheramy; catalogue raisonné précédé d'études sur les maîtres principaux de la collection, par Julius Meier-Graefe et E. Klossowski; illustré de 127 héliotypies et de 2 héliogravures hors texte. Munich, R. Piper et Cie, 1908 (Contents Les peintres anglais et Constable, par J. Meier-Graefe.--Eugène Delacroix, par E. Klossowski.--La collection Cheramy, par J. Meier-Graefe.--Catalogue des tableaux anciens.--Catalogue des tableax de l'école anglaise.--Catalogue des tableaux de l'école française)
  • Honore Daumier, Erich Klossowski, München : R. Piper, 1923

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