The Words&Pictures Book Club (September 2018): Balzac’s “The Unknown Masterpiece”

“The Unknown Masterpiece” by Honore de Balzac

Monday 10th September 2018, 2-4pm
Gleneagles Tea Rooms

Join us for the Words & Pictures book club where we read and discuss novels in which visual art and artists are relevant to the narrative.

At our September meeting we turn to mid-19th-century French fiction and Honore de Balzac’s “The Unknown Masterpiece” – the story of a painter who might be a failure, might be a genius – which inspired numerous modern artists, including Picasso, who made a series of illustrations for the story in the 1930s.


Balzac - Picasso

The Unknown Masterpiece” is published by The New York Review of Books (2001); one of Picasso’s illustrations, c/o

Words & Pictures meets monthly 2-4pm in the glorious surrounds of the Gleneagles Tea Rooms

– where there is tea and cake a-plenty!

Gleneagles Tea Rooms  

All welcome but please email me to reserve your place:

Gleneagles Guesthouse
5-6 Clifftown Parade
Southend-on-Sea, Essex SS1 1DP

About TheCommonViewer

Independent Researcher: gently exploring "The Art & Artists of Russia (1850s-present) currently, and please see the A History of Art in England series; looking forward to discussing "British Art Groups (1930s)" when we can have live group meetings again! Twitter: @TheCommonViewer

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