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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An enthusiastic reader and independent thinker as a child, Balzac had trouble adapting himself to the teaching style of his grammar school. View all 40 comments.

The Unknown Masterpiece by Honoré de Balzac

I’ll take James’ stories about artists any day. Perhaps, in these stories, an excess of genius led Balzac to betray the drudgery that makes him great. And a pleasurable joyride to a time of change, when art was about to be redefined, and into the minds of creative people, and their driving forces! Before and during his career as a writer, he attempted to be a publisher, printer, businessman, critic, and politician.

The first change counterpoints Gillette, the model and mistress of another painter, against Catherine Lescault. On another level, you had a story about the objectification of women in art. El argumento es el siguiente: If he were to penetrate the causes, music would become the greatest of all the arts. Jan 28, Maria Thomarey rated it liked it.


And what does it mean to know a masterpiece? Frenhofer discusses a painting of a nude that he has been working on for ten years that continues to elude him.

Poussin and Pourbus offer to “lend” Gillette to Frenhofer if in bqlzac he will allow them to see his canvas. One can fruitfully read “The Unknown Masterpiece” as a fable of what men do to women in the name of art or simply as an account of what men do to women. Antes de partir, el aprendiz Poussin, decide ofrecer a su esposa.

Feb 06, J. Provate a raccogliere l’essenziale e a lasciare il superfluo. Frenhofer goes on to talk about his masterpiece, a painting of a nude Catherine Lescault. I’m not the best judge of short stories since they’re really not my thing.

The Unknown Masterpiece by Honoré de Balzac « La Comedie Humaine by Balzac

A tragic tale about perfection and destruction, and the danger in pursuing the former too far. I am yet to discover a story that deals with artistic obsession so overtly and dramatically.

Byatt’s Portraits in Fiction has a breakdown and interpretation of this story that says it all except that I found Unknon ‘lectures’ a bit boring, like, well, lectures. Les fruit Location Racchiudete in esso tutto quello che avete trovato; cosa rappresenta quella cosa per voi?

Firstly, there is the matter of art as a form of magic. This site uses cookies.

By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. 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. Sono trasaliti loro, sono trasalita io, lo farete balazc voi.


Frenhofer is a purely fictional character. Se fosse un quadro, per esempio. As Balzac tells us, the latter had lost his place as court painter to his unkniwn Rubens. I found in researching this work that there is an explosion unnkown articles about it, far more than a 22 page short story would normally generate. Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.

Read it for yourself and see what you think. That introduces ethical questions in the mix, a possibility of conflict. But if the context is seventeenth century Paris, Balzac develops a amsterpiece on art that reads very much like a nineteenth century criticism of the Art Salons.

Nov 20, Chris rated it liked it Shelves: 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. A haunting story that I didn’t quite understand but loved anyway. His relationship with his family was often strained by financial and personal drama, and he lost more than one balzc over critical reviews.