The Hidden Masterpiece - Honoré de Balzac

The Hidden Masterpiece

By Honoré de Balzac

  • Release Date: 1850-01-01
  • Genre: Romans et littérature

Description

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. The story, which has served as an inspiration to artists as various as Cezanne, Henry James, Picasso, and New Wave director Jacques Rivette, is, in critic Dore Ashton's words, a "fable of modern art". Published here in a new translation by poet Richard Howard, "The Unknown Masterpiece" appears, as Balzac intended, with "Gambara", a grotesque and tragic novella about a musician undone by his dreams.