We do not work alone

Usual Objects by Artists

Balthus’s Ashtray

Katerina Jebb


Balthus’s Ashtray, 2015

Edition : 200 copies

Prix : 1 200,00


26 x 22,3 x 4 cm


Céramique, impression transfert


« In the winter of 2009 I entered the studio of the painter Balthus to make an inventory of the contents of the space. The studio remains untouched since his death in 2001 and it seemed as though he was still there. The objects take on an otherworldly aura in the pale northern light falling obliquely through the window. Amongst the array of objects there is a large ceramic ashtray containing the last eight cigarettes smoked by Balthus. It is such a strange and intimate thing to look at, simultaneously full of life and death.

I held the scanner upside down over the ashtray and held my breath in order not to move and I was reminded of the breath which had once inhaled and exhaled the smoke of the cigarettes below. »

That’s how Katerina Jebb describes the genesis of the image chosen for Balthus’s Ashtray. It was moulded on Balthus’s actual ashtray on which the true to scale transfer of the image scanned in 2008 was printed.

Katerina Jebb is a British artist born in 1962, she currently lives and works in Paris.

Balthus’s Ashtray is a limited edition of 200 copies and her first collaboration with WE DO NOT WORK ALONE.