HONORE DE BALZAC THE UNKNOWN MASTERPIECE PDF

Plot summary[ edit ] 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. 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.

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Plot summary[ edit ] 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.

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. Of the three artists depicted in this story, Poussin and Porbus were real artists of the 17th century. Frenhofer is a purely fictional character. In the case of Porbus, Balzac used the gallicized version of the surname of Frans Pourbus.

There he painted his own masterpiece, Guernica. Picasso lived here during World War II. Retrieved 11 March

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Also translated as The Hidden Masterpiece Part I: Gillette This short story turned out to be a delightful study of what makes great art. 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.

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