By Honoré de Balzac, Richard Howard
A brand new York evaluation Books Original
One of Honoré de Balzac's so much celebrated stories, "The Unknown Masterpiece" is the tale of a painter who, counting on one's standpoint, is both an abject failure or a transcendental genius—or either. the tale, which has served as an suggestion to artists as quite a few as Cézanne, Henry James, Picasso, and New Wave director Jacques Rivette, is, in critic Dore Ashton's phrases, a "fable of contemporary art."
Published the following in a brand new translation by way of poet Richard Howard, "The Unknown Masterpiece" seems to be, as Balzac meant, with "Gambara," a gruesome and tragic novella a couple of musician undone by means of his goals.