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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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. Retrieved from ” https: I would give all I possess if just once, for a single moment, I could gaze upon that complete, that divine nature; if I could meet that ideal heavenly beauty, I would search for her in limbo itself!

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. To view it, click here. It almost seems as if Poussin and Porbus had stepped into the 20th Century and were looking at a work of abstract expressionism with a few realistic balzav.

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The Unknown Masterpiece by Honoré de Balzac

His willful nature caused trouble throughout his life, and frustrated his ambitions to succeed in the world of business. Does a measure of power derive from its mystery?

In the case of Porbus, Balzac used the gallicized honorre of the surname of Frans Pourbus. 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 masterpieve the least disappointed. Poussin and Pourbus offer to “lend” Gillette to Frenhofer if in exchange he will allow them to see his canvas.


It appeared again later in the same year under the title “Catherine Lescault, conte fantastique. View all 4 comments. He says that although it obeys all the rules of painting, thee lacks life. Refresh and try again.

The Unknown Masterpiece by Honoré de Balzac

I love you, and I think I hate you already! Because each style has its own formatting nuances that evolve over time and not all information is available for every reference entry or article, Encyclopedia. Unknowb page was last edited on 4 Mayat 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 masterpirce courtesan called Catherine Lescault, known as La Belle noiseuse.

So, as artists, we must r I must say that I greatly enjoyed Balzac’s exploration of the idea that in art, it is not enough to simply copy reality. Or is a piece of art something entirely different? He passes the test, and the two established painters willingly accept him as a party to their conversation. As Balzac tells us, the latter had lost his place as court painter to his compatriot Rubens. I feel like either of these stories would be compelling discussion with music or art majors in college.

It is a very rich story from a literary, artistic, philosophical and sociological perspective, and a story that I will certainly read again in the near future. It is about the relationship of the painter and his representation, or to be more specific, about him and his female sitter.

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That foot appeared like the torso of some Parian marble Venus rising out of the ruins of masterpeice city burned to ashes. When they go in, Frenhofer is enchanted with Gillette.

Lastly, at the very end of the story, along with Porbus and Poussin we encounter the masterpiece Frenhofer has spent the last ten years of his life painting. Gillette This short story turned out to be a delightful study of what makes great art. Jan 26, Glenn Russell rated it it was amazing Shelves: Se fosse un quadro, per esempio.


When it is finally revealed, it appears to be a dark canvas of little in the way of discernible objects except for a tiny foot at one corner. I am not trained to read French, but I really enjoyed Richard Howard’s translation. But it’s a mess.

Maybe its too deep for me, I don’t know. 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. They stood stock-still with admiration before this fragment which had escaped from an incredible, slow and advancing destruction. This appears to be a simple little story about a great artist of huge talent who labors away for 10 years on a great masterpiece. Trivia About The Unknown Maste Yet to really vitalize a painting, an added ingredient is needed.

There is no way to represent that search in a story. Want to Read Currently Reading Read.

When he visits the studio again the next day, he is told that the old master died during the night. Finally, Frenhofer calls the two upstairs, saying that now his work is perfect.

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. But if I was to give the Master painter in this story a piece of advice and who am I? Now institutions and champions of the status quo who fear the power of the image really have something to worry about. With “a supernatural sparkle” in his eyes and giving the impression that “there was a demon in [his] body,” he adds a small number of brush strokes to Pourbus’s painting of Saint Mary of Egypt, at one time a prostitute.

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