The Unknown Masterpiece
DIMENSIONS 8" x 6" MEDIUM soft cover book, 64 pages
Limited edition of 500, 2015
Signed by the author
The Unknown Masterpiece is an adaptation of Honoré de Balzac’s short story first published in 1831 and containing one of the earliest known literary descriptions of an abstract painting. The characters in the story reverberated strongly with Paul Cézanne, Willem de Kooning and Pablo Picasso, who subsequently illustrated a re-issue of Le Chef-d’œuvre inconnu as it was originally titled in French. The story takes place in a 17th century court painter's atelier in Paris. It is worth noting that Picasso later rented the flat with the same address of the studio mentioned in the story, and where he painted his own masterpiece, Guernica, exactly one hundred years after the final version of Balzac’s tale had been published.
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