Chalet Balthus in Rossinière
22 September 2022
The artist Balthus (1908-2001), pseudonym of Balthasar Klossowski, bought the famous ‘Grand Chalet’ in the village of Rossinière (canton of Vaud, le Pays-d’Enhaut) in 1976. Since his death, the house has been called Chalet Balthus. The chapel a little further away has been the visitor centre dedicated to this artist since 2007.
The Balthus Chapel Chapelle Balthus Association
The house with beautiful texts was built in 1754-1756 by Jean-David Henchoz (1712-1758), a farmer, cheese merchant and notary, judge/arbitrator, and village lawyer. The colossal size of the building was mainly to produce and store his cheese.
In 1860, the house was converted into a hotel. The hotel hosted famous guests, including Victor Hugo (1802-1885) and Alfred Dreyfus (1859-1935).
The Romanesque church Maria Magdalena dates from the 12th century. Since 1555, the church has been Protestant after Bern had taken over Le Pays-d’Enhaut from the bankrupt Counts of Gruyère. The parish house was built in 1770.
Source and further information: Commune de Rossinière (rossiniere.ch)