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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He is renowned for his multi-faceted characters; even his lesser characters are complex, morally ambiguous and fully human. Views Read Edit View history. Because that is not consumable in execution. Muy bien, contundente frase.

By continuing to use this website, you agree to hohore use. We cannot be surprised then if he was fascinated by this Le chef-d’oeuvre inconnuwhere Balzac says: Gillette is so beautiful that Frenhofer is inspired to finish his project quickly. What stake do they have?

Other books in the series. He crosses the threshold “after to-ing and fro-ing … with the lack of resolve of a lover mxsterpiece daring to enter the presence of his first mistress. Through his tears, however, Frenhofer insists that he can see Catherine and that she is “marvellously beautiful.

Among such fragile sentiments, none so resembles love as a youthful passion of mssterpiece artist first suffering that delicious torture which will be his destiny of glory and of woe, a passion brimming with boldness and fear, vague hopes and inevitable frustrations.

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The Unknown Masterpiece by Honoré de Balzac

There is no way to represent that masgerpiece in a story. But if I was to give the Master painter in this story a piece of advice and who am I?


On another level, you had a story about the objectification of women in art. It seemed to be about the power of the act of art as even greater than the product. Balzad test him by asking him to make a quick sketch. That introduces ethical questions in the mix, a possibility of conflict.

The Unknown Masterpiece, by Honoré de Balzac

He is a “poor neophyte,” and initiation into another kind of mystery is also involved. An older artist sacrifices sanity. Honire suggests Gillette as a model just as Poussin and Gillette arrive, still arguing about whether offering her around as a model means that Poussin doesn’t love Gillette. Sep 02, Jenny Reading Envy rated it really liked it Shelves: Has he lost his mind in the pursuit of a beauty more real than reality, more perfect than is humanly possible to portray?

Frenhofer discusses a painting of a nude that he has mzsterpiece working on for ten years that continues to elude him.

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He’s been working n it for ten years, but perfection still eludes him. Want to Read Currently Reading Read. As soon as he sees Gillette, Frenhofer is rapt and Poussin suddenly feels anxious about his mistress in Frenhofer’s hands.

Il viaggio che Balzac compie in questo racconto si tiene in bilico sul quel sottile confine tra il genio e la follia. In his reply it is to the language of sexual possession that Frenhofer instinctively turns.

And then again, maybe not. In the case of Porbus, Balzac used the gallicized version of the surname of Frans Pourbus. That farewell did not sit well with Porbus. Like Liked by 2 people. Racchiudete in esso tutto quello che avete trovato; cosa rappresenta quella cosa per voi?


Frans Pourbus the Younger – Portrait of Isabella Clara Eugeniaaround Nicolas Poussin – detail from Eliezer and Rebecca at the Welll For the artists in the tale, as for nearly all artists, is it any accident hot-blooded passionate love for another person is so much a part of materpiece lives and has such an influence on their art? It is a masterpiece of compression that invites critical expansion, as it were, in a great many different idioms and directions.

All of a sudden, the subjective ideas of the painter or sculptor gain dominance over the presumably objective rules of specific schools.

Sep 20, Jigar Brahmbhatt rated it really liked it. I can only guess Balzac used the names of two real artists to give his tale and the fictional Frenhofer even more authenticity than his words already seem to do.

With the shifting of focus in the 19th century from a social, political function of art in the public sphere to a way of expressing either inner or outer life as interpreted through the df, something is set in motion that leads to the decomposition of traditional means of artistic expression at the beginning of thd 20th century. 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 unknon.

Poussin blurts out his dismay.