The Unknown Masterpiece (La Comédie Humaine)
Honora de Balzac is considered the founder of social realism. Balzac was the first writer to write about the all social levels of the social scene in France.His vast collection of works encompasses the Restoration period and the July Monarchy. La Comedie Humaine was written between 1799 and 1850. This collection contains 95 novels, stories, and essays. The Unknown Masterpi...more
This is one of Balzac’s little jewels.
From the very start Balzac sets its date and location. We are in 1612, in the early Regency of Maria de Medici, since only a couple of years had elapsed from the assassination of her husband and King Henri IV. Their son Louis XIII was then only eight years old. And the location is, as we can expect, Paris. But not just any place in Paris. We are in the Rue des Grands-Augustins, which is a perpendicular to the Boulevard of the same name which runs parallel to ...more
Provate a raccogliere l'essenziale e a lasciare il superfluo.
Guardate la vostra infanzia, osservate la vostra vita e portate via tutto quello che vi ha reso quello che siete ora: prendete le gioie, le risate, prendete i litigi, prendete le lacrime.
Non tralasciate i complessi d'inferiorità, le delusioni e i f ...more
I feel like either of these stories would be compelling discussion with music or art majors in college. These are both short but dense with ideas. I am not certain how read ...more
Ειδικά σε κείμενα κλασικά όπως ...more
The Unknown Masterpiece focuses on a painter whose masterpiece of 10-years work has never been seen. He seems to feel that he will be giving up a part of himself should he show it. Gambara is the story of a musician and operatic compos ...more
Balzac captures a lot of what painting is about. It's the story of an artist trying to create work that rivals the creation of life; he's trying to make a painting that has the power of a living thing. But even though this story, along with the one it's paired with in this volu ...more
A young artist by the name of Poussin visits the studio of a great painter named Porbus. Whilst there the master painter Frenhofer is critiquing Porbus's work and reveals that he is in possession of an even greater masterpiece. The two men are intrigued and events begin to unravel from there
Many artists admired Balzac, Van Gogh was a ...more
La mission de l'art n'est pas de copier la nature, mais de l'exprimer!
Nous avons à saisir l'esprit, l'âme, la physionomie des choses et des êtres. Les effets! les effets! mais ils sont les accidents de la vie, et non la vie.
La Forme est, dans ses figures, ce qu'elle est chez nous, un truchement pour se communiquer des idées, des sensations, une vaste poésie.
Comme Orphée, je descendrais dans l'enfer de l'art pour en ramener la vie.
Les fruits de l ...more
Gambara was absolutely non-understandable for someone who has no clue about music - like me - so I had to struggle myself through 20 pages of the description of two operas. The actual story made no sense to me, it was boring and I didn't like te writing.
The Unknown Masterpiece was about visual art, at least I could imagine something with that, but still I couldn't en ...more
Gambara: kind of awful. The best part about it is the ridiculous experimental chef, and the zany hubris involved in having the titular Gambara just talk in detail that's at once excruciating and superficial about why "Robert le Diable" is a neat opera for something like 25 percent of the novella's total length. But there are really nice touches--the furniture made out ...more
I think I enjoyed this story more the first time I read it. Between the readings which were about ten years apart, I read Zola's novel The Masterpiece (L'oeuvre) which rather spoiled me for the second reading of Balzac's short story.
نیکولا پوسن، هنرمند گمنام، همراه با استاد فرنهافر، به کارگاه نقاش پوربوس می روند. فرنهافر، در مورد تابلوی بزرگ "ماری مصری" که پوربوس به تازگی تمام کرده، کارشناسانه نظر می دهد، و حین ستایش، معتقد است که اثر ناتمام است و با چند حرکت قلم مو، جلوه ی شگفت و تازه ای به "ماری مصری" می دهد. با این همه، فرنهامر اعتراف می کند که برای شاهکارش، بنام "زیبای زشت"، که ده سال روی آن کار کرده، هنوز مدل مناسبی پیدا نکرده است. پوسن معشوقه اش ژیلت را به عنو ...more
My score is an average of the two stories:
The Unknown Masterpiece - 4/5. I loved this short story. Stripped down to just 3 central characters; intriguing, romantic, and beaming with insight about the life and ...more
Balzac risponde a questo interrogativo con un breve ma eccezionale racconto, moderno nello stile e tragicamente visionario.
L'intensità con cui l'ossessione viene descritta, almeno, ha davvero il vigore e l'intensità di una pennellata.
El libro se convierte en una disertación sobre la pintura; en una cascada de ideas sobre lo que dota de alma a un cuadro: los colores, el juego de luces y sombras. Durante la historia, escu ...more
The UM is pretty good, but much below the level of the other books and short stories by Balzac I've read. It's interesting in it's discussion of art, reality, perception, etc. Gambara tried to by another story about creativity, aesthetics, etc., but about music and composition---also about madness. It reminded me of the obnoxious character in ...more
Due to his keen observation of detail and unfiltered representation of society, Balzac is regarded as one of the founders o ...more