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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Print this article Print all entries for this topic Cite this article. One of Honore de Balzac’s most celebrated tales, “The Unknown Masterpiece” is the story of a painter who, depending on one’s perspective, is either an abject failure or a transcendental genius–or both.

In this scene, Eric Rohmer another Nouvelle Vague director plays a Balzac expert balzqc helps one of the main characters of the film….

This appears to be a simple little story about a great artist of huge talent who mastterpiece away for 10 years on a great masterpiece.

The writing is good, even though I was left with more questions than answers when I’d finished. He is accompanied by the old master Frenhofer who comments expertly on the large tableau that Porbus has just finished. It’s dee masterpiece called Mary of Egypt which has been commissioned by Marie de Medicis but Frenhofer thinks it’s no good.

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The Unknown Masterpiece by Honoré de Balzac

A tragic tale about perfection and destruction, and the danger in pursuing the former too far. A haunting story that I didn’t quite understand but loved anyway. The old painter Fr I am yet to discover a story that deals with artistic obsession so overtly and dramatically. French Wikisource has original text related to this article: The relation between money and art, between creation and destruction, and between love and art are examined in complex patterns of antithesis and synthesis.


I’m not sure about the other two. Perhaps, if they are honest with themselves. Paperbackpages. Read it ee yourself and see what you think. It would be to show them his “bride”; it would be prostitution of the woman who has for so long “smiled” at him “with every stroke of the brush.

Refresh and try again. Poussin begins to regret his offer. But I did enjoy this, sort of. All of a sudden, the subjective ideas of the painter or sculptor gain dominance over the presumably objective rules of masterpece schools. That introduces ethical questions in the mix, a possibility of conflict.

The story is a vivid parable of the constant gap between the artist’s conception and the realization of that conception, of the seduction of incompleteness and revision, and of infinite deferral. When Poussin returns to his lodgings, it is to Gillette that he returns.

Many of Balzac’s works have been made into films, and they continue to inspire other writers.

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It is about the relationship of the painter and his representation, or to be more specific, about him and his female sitter. They stood stock-still with admiration before this fragment which had escaped from an incredible, slow and advancing destruction.

Poussin offers his own lover, Gillette, as a model. Coincidenza vuole che il giovane Poussin abbia una fidanzata bellissima….

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. Picasso was fascinated by the text and identified with Frenhofer so much that he moved to the rue des Grands-Augustins in Paris where Balzac located Porbus’ studio.

When they are finally called upstairs because Frenhofer thinks his picture is now ready, they are allowed to look at it. Se fosse un quadro, per esempio. Email required Address never made public. 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.


But it’s a mess. This is how Pourbus saw the Queen. Provate a raccogliere l’essenziale e a lasciare il superfluo.

I am not certain how read This volume actually contains two stories – The Unknown Masterpiece and Gambara. Frenhofer is a purely fictional character. We may think of Frenhofer in Faustian terms, but there are also important analogies with and allusions to other mythological structures and narratives, including the tales of Pygmalion and Galatea, Icarus, Orpheus, and Prometheus.

The Unknown Masterpiece

Sep 02, Jenny Reading Envy rated it really liked it Shelves: Thanks for telling us about the problem. Their disappointment drives Frenhofer to madness, and he destroys the painting and dies that night. Gillette This short story unknwon out to be a delightful study of what makes great art.

A four hour film was made out of this little book. Could we ever completely know such art? It was so easy to get lost in the detailed descriptions and the dialogue between the characters that I finished the relatively short book in just a day.

It was so easy to get lost in the detailed descriptions and the dialogue between the characters that I finished the relatively short book in ju 14 October This is the first I’ve read of Honore de Balzac, and I was not in the least disappointed.