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Project Gutenberg · 58, free ebooks · by Honoré de Balzac. The Unknown Masterpiece by Honoré de Balzac. No cover available. The Unknown Masterpiece. [Le Chef-d’oeuvre inconnu]. Honoré de Balzac. Translated by Ellen Marriage. First published in This web edition published by. THE UNKNOWN MASTERPIECE (Gillette)by Honoré de Balzac, Given the sprawling abundance of La Comédie humaine, one does not immediately think.

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Coincidenza vuole che il giovane Poussin abbia una fidanzata bellissima…. I feel like either of these stories would be compelling discussion with music or art majors in college.

He has been working on this future masterpiece, that no one has yet seen, for ten years. They stood stock-still with admiration before ds fragment which had escaped from an incredible, slow and advancing destruction. Then, copy and paste the text into your bibliography or masterpiee cited list.

Sono trasaliti loro, sono trasalita io, lo farete anche voi.

If you want you can watch a scene from this film here: French Wikisource has original text related to this article: It is a masterpiece of compression that invites critical expansion, as bqlzac were, in a great many different idioms and directions. Il viaggio che Balzac compie in questo racconto si tiene in bilico sul quel sottile confine tra il genio e la follia.

The significance of this street is that this is where the young Louis XIII was almost immediately enthroned when his father died. Now I look at it again after having read about a dozen plus stories that make up his Human Comedy, and it still is one of the finer works and a testament to his role as the father of literary realism.


I love you, and I think I hate you already! I must say that I greatly enjoyed Balzac’s exploration of the idea that in art, honote is not enough to simply copy reality. And what is the role of the artist?

The Unknown Masterpiece by Honoré de Balzac

Print this article Print all entries for this topic Cite this article. Balzac is a drudge.

This is why images have been forbidden in so many of the great religions of the world, and why they have been destroyed in the name of iconoclasm. What shall we call it? When he finished school, Balzac was apprenticed as a legal clerk, but he turned his back on law after wearying of its inhumanity and banal routine. Remember, artists aren’t mere imitators, they’re poets! The relation between money and art, between creation and destruction, and between love and art are examined in complex patterns of antithesis and synthesis.

This short story turned out to be a delightful study of what makes great art. Echoes of Frenhofer and Balzac? In the end, only a trace of perfection was still visible in a beautifully rendered foot in the middle of chaotic lines and colours. And this is how Rubens envisioned her husband welcoming her portrait. I can only guess Balzac used the names of two real artists to give his tale and the fictional Frenhofer even more authenticity than his words already seem to do.


Le Chef-d’œuvre inconnu – Wikipedia

Mimicry of life without purpose and direction is the least form of art, if indeed it can be called art at all–the only style which the that author lends to his work is only the result of his flaws as a craftsman.

At the studio of Pourbus, Poussin encounters a mysterious old man, Frenhofer, who fiercely criticizes Pourbus’s work and in the process makes extravagantly high demands of the “finished” work of art. Masferpiece first change counterpoints Gillette, the model and mistress of another painter, against Catherine Lescault.

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The Unknown Masterpiece

Refresh and try again. Poussin and Porbus come to admire the painting, but all they can see is part of a foot that has been lost in a swirl of colors.

Too much knowledge, like too much ignorance, leads to negation. La mission de l’art n’est pas de copier la nature, mais de l’exprimer!

From the very start Balzac sets its date and location.