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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That he is either ridiculed or is taken for a misunderstood genius however you like it is another matter. The significance of this street is that this is where the young Louis XIII was almost immediately enthroned when his father died. Although Frenhofer has mastered his technique, he admits that he has been unable to find a suitable model for his own masterpiece, which depicts a beautiful courtesan called Catherine Lescault, known as La Belle noiseuse.

Gillette, forgotten during all this drama, is weeping too. Does a measure of power derive from its mystery? Byatt’s Portraits in Fiction has a breakdown and interpretation of this story that says it all except that I found Frenhofer’s ‘lectures’ a bit boring, like, well, lectures. Cite this article Pick a style below, and copy the text for your bibliography. We are inin the early Regency of Maria de Medici, since only a couple of years had elapsed from the assassination of her husband and King Henri IV.

Balzac ci guida nella Parigi del in rue des Grands-Augustins, dove il giovane Nicolas Poussin si reca per chiedere al maestro Franciois Porbus di svelargli i segreti della pittura. Form is, in his figures, what it is in ourselves, an interpreter for the communication of ideas and sensations, an exhaustless source of poetic inspiration.

Firstly, there is the matter of art as a form of magic. 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. 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.


Something anyone who has written or painted or made some art would feel at one point, but hardly think through the way it is done here: That farewell did not sit well with Porbus.

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.

Gillette This short story turned out to be unlnown delightful study of what makes great art. Want to Read saving…. Luckily I speak this language. Like Liked by 2 people.

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A partire dai personaggi Balzac mette in masherpiece un teatrale gioco tra il vero e il falso, tra la vita e la morte. Quotes from The Hidden Master Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: The Unknown Masterpiece “It’s not the mission of art to copy nature, but to express it!

Coincidenza vuole che il giovane Poussin abbia una fidanzata bellissima….

For the first time Poussin begins to realize some of the agonizing conflicts set up by the conflicting demands of life and art. As Balzac tells us, the latter had lost his place as court painter to his compatriot Rubens.

But in the publication the entire work was retitled “Gillette. Perhaps, if they are honest with themselves.

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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. The second section opens with a scene of negotiation that is central to the patterns of exchange that pervade the story. This is certainly a story I will read again. For Picasso, his art and the implied window, a representational concept inherited from the Renaissance and through which he saw his world, was always framed by the female.


He crosses the threshold “after to-ing and fro-ing … with the lack of resolve of a lover not daring to enter the presence of his first mistress. So you zoom out a little, focus on people around the artist, have them talk about the art in the making, create myths about the artist, focus on how they are ultimately affected. When we take the form of life and reproduce it on the page, or in sculpture, it becomes reduced and limited by the medium, losing its vitality and becoming corpselike.

In “The Unknown Masterpiece,” however, we are challenged and delighted not by a work of immense scale but by a novella both stringent in design and resonant of meaning. But I did enjoy this, sort of. It is as if in choosing this past framework Balzac wanted to go back to a period of France that for him should have not ended.

Both are about artists one painter, one composer who are on the brink of modern styles, and both stories speak to what art is, how an artist becomes a master of craft, and what realities we are willing to embrace in order for the art to succeed.

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I was not as thoroughly impressed with “Gambara” — a story about musical genius, passion and misery — but the writing is still very fine, and Balzac’s command of musical knowledge and of language is still highly impressive.

In his thirteen engravings we see Picasso exploring the role of artistic creation, its limitations and the ultimate goal of appropriation or possession.

Not that that changes anything.