The Unknown Masterpiece

The Unknown Masterpiece

The Unknown Masterpiece

"Published here in an outstanding new translation by the poet Richard Howard, The Unknown Masterpiece appears, as Balzac intended, with Gambara, a grotesque and tragic novella about a composer undone by his dreams."--BOOK JACKET.

The Unknown Masterpiece

The Unknown Masterpiece

The Unknown Masterpiece

"The Unknown Masterpiece" by Honoré de Balzac. Published by Good Press. Good Press publishes a wide range of titles that encompasses every genre. From well-known classics & literary fiction and non-fiction to forgotten−or yet undiscovered gems−of world literature, we issue the books that need to be read. Each Good Press edition has been meticulously edited and formatted to boost readability for all e-readers and devices. Our goal is to produce eBooks that are user-friendly and accessible to everyone in a high-quality digital format.

The Unknown Masterpiece

The Unknown Masterpiece

The Unknown Masterpiece

When an aspiring artist Nicolas Poussin gets a chance to meet the legendary painter Frenhofer, he is more than thrilled. Frenhofer has the ability to paint in an incredible way, and besides that, he has deep and philosophical thoughts about aesthetics and art. Poussin is so ensnared by Frenhofer that he offers his lover Gillette to work as a model for Frenhofer – without asking Gillette first. ‘The Unknown Masterpiece’ is Honoré de Balzac’s short story first published in 1831. Honoré de Balzac (1799–1850) was a French writer. He was born in Tours, but moved to Paris when he was a teenager. The best known works of his include ‘Father Goriot’ and ‘Cousin Bette’. Balzac’s writing style is realistic, and he also wrote plays. Besides writing he worked as a journalist and critic.

The Unknown Masterpiece

The Unknown Masterpiece

The Unknown Masterpiece

Honoré De Balzac (1799-1850) is generally credited as the inventor of the modern realistic novel. In more than ninety novels, he set forth French society and life as he saw it. He created a cast of over two thousand individual and identifiable characters, some of whom reappear in different novels. He organized his works into his masterpiece, La Comedie Humaine,which was the final result of his attempt to grasp the whole of society and experience into one varied but unified work. Richard Howard was born in Cleveland in 1929. He is the author of fourteen volumes of poetry and has published more than one hundred fifty translations from the French, including works by Gide, Stendhal, de Beauvoir, Baudelaire, and de Gaulle. Howard received a National Book Award for his translation of Fleurs du mal and a Pulitzer Prize for Untitled Subjects, a collection of poetry.

The Unknown Masterpiece

The Unknown Masterpiece

The Unknown Masterpiece

The Unknown MasterpieceLe Chef-d'oeuvre inconnuHonor� de BalzacTranslated by Ellen MarriageLe Chef-d'oeuvre inconnu (English "The Unknown Masterpiece") is a short story by Honor� de Balzac. It was first published in the newspaper L'Artiste with the title "Ma�tre Frenhofer" (English: "Master Frenhofer") in August 1831. It appeared again later in the same year under the title "Catherine Lescault, conte fantastique." It was published in Balzac's �tudes philosophiques in 1837 and was integrated into the Com�die humaine in 1846."Le Chef-d'oeuvre inconnu" is a reflection on art, and has had an important influence on modernist artists.Young Nicolas Poussin, as yet unknown, visits the painter Porbus in his workshop. He is accompanied by the old master Frenhofer who comments expertly on the large tableau that Porbus has just finished. The painting is of Mary of Egypt, and while Frenhofer sings her praises, he hints that the work seems unfinished. With some slight touches of the paintbrush, Frenhofer transforms Porbus' painting such that Mary the Egyptian appears to come alive before their very eyes. 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 beautiful courtesan called Catherine Lescault, known as La Belle noiseuse. He has been working on this future masterpiece, that no one has yet seen, for ten years. Poussin offers his own lover, Gillette, as a model. Gillette is so beautiful that Frenhofer is inspired to finish his project quickly. 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. Their disappointment drives Frenhofer to madness, and he destroys the painting and dies that night.

The Unknown Masterpiece

The Unknown Masterpiece

The Unknown Masterpiece


The Unknown Masterpiece

The Unknown Masterpiece

The Unknown Masterpiece

The Unknown Masterpiece Le Chef-d'oeuvre inconnu Honore de Balzac Translated by Ellen Marriage Le Chef-d'oeuvre inconnu (English "The Unknown Masterpiece") is a short story by Honore de Balzac. It was first published in the newspaper L'Artiste with the title "Maitre Frenhofer" (English: "Master Frenhofer") in August 1831. It appeared again later in the same year under the title "Catherine Lescault, conte fantastique." It was published in Balzac's Etudes philosophiques in 1837 and was integrated into the La Comedie humaine in 1846. "Le Chef-d'oeuvre inconnu" is a reflection on art, and has had an important influence on modernist artists. Young Nicolas Poussin, as yet unknown, visits the painter Porbus in his workshop. He is accompanied by the old master Frenhofer who comments expertly on the large tableau that Porbus has just finished. The painting is of Mary of Egypt, and while Frenhofer sings her praises, he hints that the work seems unfinished. With some slight touches of the paintbrush, Frenhofer transforms Porbus' painting such that Mary the Egyptian appears to come alive before their very eyes. 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 beautiful courtesan called Catherine Lescault, known as La Belle noiseuse. He has been working on this future masterpiece, that no one has yet seen, for ten years. Poussin offers his own lover, Gillette, as a potential model. Gillette's beauty is so great that it inspires Frenhofer to finish his project quickly. 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. Their disappointment drives Frenhofer to madness, and he destroys the painting and dies that night.

The Unknown Masterpiece and Other Works

The Unknown Masterpiece and Other Works

The Unknown Masterpiece and Other Works

Included in this volume are "The Unknown Masterpiece, ' "The Maranas," "A Seashore Drama," "The Red Inn," and "Master Cornelius.

The Unknown Masterpiece

The Unknown Masterpiece

The Unknown Masterpiece

Le Chef-d'oeuvre inconnu is a short story by Honoré de Balzac. It was first published in the newspaper L'Artiste with the title "Maître Frenhofer" in August 1831. It appeared again later in the same year under the title "Catherine Lescault, conte fantastique."Honoré de Balzac was a French novelist and playwright. The novel sequence La Comédie humaine, which presents a panorama of post-Napoleonic French life, is generally viewed as his magnum opus.