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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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This short story turned out to be a delightful study of what makes great art.

The Unknown Masterpiece by Honoré de Balzac

Frenhofer visits Porbus at his lodgings, where he meets young Poussin, who is building up the courage to knock on the door. Porbus lets both of them in, assuming that Poussin was with Frenhofer.

They test him by asking him to make a quick sketch. He passes the test, and the two established painters willingly accept him as a party to their conversation. Frenhofer discusses a painting of a nude that he has been working on for ten years that continues to elude him. He seeks the perfect model whom he can render perfectly.

After the dinner, Poussin returns home and tries to convince his mistress Gillette to pose nude for Frenhofer. Porbus goes to visit Frenhofer at his studio several months after the action of the First Part.

Frenhofer is balzaf the fact that several details of his painting of Catherine Lescault whom we never actually meet are wrong, and uknown blames Catherine herself for that. No sooner does he do that than Gillette and Poussin themselves appear at the door of the studio, sniping at each other over Poussin offering her services as a model. When they go in, Frenhofer is enchanted with Hnknown. Poussin begins to regret his offer. Finally, Frenhofer calls the two upstairs, saying that now his work is perfect.


They approach the canvas:. Coming closer, they inknown, in one corner of the canvas, the tip of a bare foot emerging from this chaos of colors, shapes, and vague shadings, a kind of incoherent mist; but a delightful foot, a living foot!

They stood stock-still with admiration before this thf which had escaped from an incredible, slow and advancing destruction. That foot appeared like the torso of some Parian marble Venus rising out of the ruins of a city burned to ashes. 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 touches.

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It is a real coup that Balzac carries off when he has the aging artist show off his masterwork to, in effect, confusion and rejection. This sets Frenhofer to weeping: Also in tears is Gillette, sitting unobtrusively in a corner: I admire you, yet you horrify me. I love you, and I think I hate you already! Meanwhile, Frenhofer covers his painting with a cloth and shooes out his visitors.

That farewell did not sit well with Porbus. When he visits the studio again the next day, he is told that the old master died during the night. This appears to be a simple little story about a great artist balzzc huge talent who labors away for 10 years on a great masterpiece. 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 found in researching this work that there is an explosion of articles about it, far honorre than a 22 page short story would normally generate.

This is because we are not sure if the artist deluded himself or was a genius ahead of his time. A good guess is that Balzac meant to show the danger of delusion in the artist, but, who knows — he could have been ahead of his time and recognized the meaningfulness of non-representational art. Like Liked by 2 people.


The Unknown Masterpiece

A four hour film was made out of this little book. A true masterpiece, I believe, by a filmmaker that was influenced, like most of the Nouvelle Vague directors, by Balzac so much that he films almost the same way that Balzac wrote….

If you want you can watch a scene from this film here: In this scene, Eric Rohmer another Nouvelle Vague director plays a Balzac expert that helps one of the hpnore characters of the film…. You are commenting using your WordPress.

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Gillette This short story turned out to be a delightful study of what makes great art. Catherine Lescault Porbus goes to visit Frenhofer at his studio several months after the action of the First Part. They approach the canvas: October 31, at 3: November 1, at 7: November 4, at 8: November 4, at 9: Leave a Reply Cancel reply Enter your comment here Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Email required Address never made public.

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