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The Unknown Masterpiece

3.75 of 5 stars 3.75  ·  rating details  ·  224 ratings  ·  21 reviews

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

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Paperback, 48 pages
Published December 1st 2005 by Kessinger Publishing (first published 1831)
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Kalliope

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
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Maria
Immaginate, solo per un attimo, di poter essere in grado di distinguere in voi stessi ciò che è importante da ciò che non lo è; pensate di poterlo vedere, distintamente, di poterlo toccare.
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
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Lisa
Jan 05, 2011 Lisa rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Lisa by: Balzac Yahoo Reading group
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Eliana Rivero
El centro de la historia es la perfección que necesita satisfacer al artista en cuanto a su obra o creación. Quizás esto lleve a la locura, quizás lleve a la muerte. Es tanto el perfeccionismo que terminan arruinando esa obra "perfecta" que buscaban, cuando ya estaba magnífica (o cuando todos los espectadores creen que ya lo estaba). No sé si los escritores también arruinan sus libros escribiendo de más y así, arruinando una novela o cuento, poesía. Quizás puedan arruinar su trabajo gracias al c ...more
Laura
Location 86:
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.

Location 103:
La Forme est, dans ses figures, ce qu'elle est chez nous, un truchement pour se communiquer des idées, des sensations, une vaste poésie.

Location 237:
Comme Orphée, je descendrais dans l'enfer de l'art pour en ramener la vie.

Location 396:
Les fruits de l
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Paloma
Este libro me gustó al momento de ver su edición: pequeño, literal, de bolsillo. La portada del mismo es un cuadro de Johannes Vermeer. La historia comienza una fría mañana de diciembre en París, Francia, recién iniciado el siglo XVII cuando un pintor principiante acecha la puerta de un gran maestro: Proebus.

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
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Dagny
A successful painter and his protege visit an old master who has overworked himself. For ten years he has worked on his masterpiece without anyone yet obtaining the merest glimpse of it. Le Chef-d'oeuvre inconnu has also been translated as The Unknown Masterpiece.

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.
Callie S.
Qual è il confine tra la perfezione e la patologia? Può la ricerca dell'assoluto trasformarsi nella sua negazione?
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.
Mazel
A Paris, au début du xviie siècle, trois peintres devisent de leur art. L'un est un jeune inconnu, promis à la gloire : Nicolas Poussin. Le deuxième, Franz Porbus, portraitiste officiel de feu le roi Henri IV, est, lui, dans la plénitude de son talent et au faîte de la renommée. Le troisième, maître Frenhofer, personnage plein de mystère qui a côtoyé les plus grands maîtres et assimilé leurs leçons, met la dernière main dans le plus grand secret à un bien mystérieux «chef-d'oeuvre». Il faudra qu ...more
Yves
Nicolas Poussin est un jeune peintre fort talentueux. Lors d'une visite chez son ami Porbus, il fait la rencontre de Frenhofer. Celui-ci apprends aux deux peintres comment rendre une peinture plus vivante avec seulement quelques ajouts. Il leur parle ensuite d'une peinture qu'il a fait et qui serait d'une beauté inimaginable et que personne n'a encore vu. Poussin et Porbus pousseront alors Gillette, celle que Poussin aime, à se faire peindre par Frenhofer dans le seul but d'être eux aussi admis ...more
Arax Miltiadous
από τα βιβλία , που ενώ μαζεμένο και σε τέλεια έκδοση και μετάφραση, δεν μου βγήκε καθόλου.
σίγουρα θα διαβαστεί κάπου στην πορεία.

βγήκε και με απόλυτη επιτυχία κάτι χρόνια μετά.
Λοιπόν,
Μιλάει για την παράνοια του καλλιτέχνη να φτάσει την τελειότητα στο έργο του ενσαρκώνοντας ο ίδιος τον ρόλο του πιο αυστηρού κριτή
και πως εν το μεταξύ γίνετε θεατής της αυτοκτονίας του έργου του μεσώ της εγκατάλειψης,
η το σκοτώνει ο ίδιος μεσώ της υπερβολικής ή περιττής "διόρθωσης"...
ο Πικάσο εικονογραφεί αυτό το μ
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oiyio
Gerçekçi bir anlatıma sahip bir hikayeydi. Bir dahinin sanatı karşısında duyduğu heyecanı ve coşkuyu çok güzel ifade eden bir kitaptı. Özellikle dahinin en güzel eserim deyip herkesten sakladığı resim ile ilgili yaşananlar ve sonrasındakiler , insanı can evinden vurucu nitelikteydi.
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Joanna
Na Balzaka zawsze można liczyć.
Prisca
Fiuhhh it's really hard to read...but finally I finished it. Enlightening and a true brilliant, are all I can say about this story (after all do an amateur like me have any right to give my shallow comment on Balzac's work... *desperate*).

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"You see, just like ignorance, an excess of knowledge leads to a negation."

Fábio Jorge
Great tale about perfection and the human search of it.
Rozanne
Wonderful reflection on art.
Matt Longman
A little story about the meaning of art. Short, simple but profound. A quick but provocative and poetic read.
Haman
تحت عنوان شاهكار كمنام به فارسي ترجمه شده
از داستان هاي كوتاه بالزاك
Isabel Serna
Un relato maravilloso de leer.
Oafson
Sensacional! Recomendo!
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Honoré de Balzac was a nineteenth-century French novelist and playwright. His magnum opus was a sequence of almost 100 novels and plays collectively entitled La Comédie humaine, which presents a panorama of French life in the years after the fall of Napoléon Bonaparte in 1815.

Due to his keen observation of detail and unfiltered representation of society, Balzac is regarded as one of the founders o
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“Young man,' Porbus said, seeing Poussin stare open-mouthed at a picture, 'Don't look at the canvas too long, it will drive you to despair.” 5 likes
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