Pablo Ruiz Picasso (Spanish, 1881-1973)
Le Chef-d’Oeuvre Inconnu (The Unknown Masterpiece), 1927-31
(suite of 13 etchings for the story of the same name written by Honoré de Balzac in 1837, commissioned and published by Ambrose Vollard, Paris) etching on Van Gelder wove paper, ed. 83/99, #10 of 13
Collection Tweed Museum of Art, University of Minnesota Duluth
Gift of Alice B. O’Connor and John Brickson
Tweevenings with Ed Newman
August 5, 6:30 pm
Tweed Museum of Art
Picasso, Storytelling and The Unknown Masterpiece
Ed Newman’s talk will revolve around Picasso’s interpretation of Honoré de Balzac’s prescient story The Unknown Masterpiece.
The story, which has served as an inspiration to artists as varied as Cézanne, Henry James, Picasso, and New Wave director Jacques Rivette, is, in critic Dore Ashton’s words, a “fable of modern art.” What is especially interesting is that Balzac wrote this in 1832, long before even the idea of abstract art was in vogue. Part of the talk might include the stories art tells from cave drawings to the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel. It is exciting to find Picasso’s version of the tale here in the Tweed.
Did Modern Art Dealer and Collector Ambroise Vollard Make Picasso What He Was?
An Interview with Influential French Author Honoré de Balzac
A Few More Thoughts in Preparation for Tonight's Tweevenings Lecture at the Tweed: Picasso, Storytelling and The Unknown Masterpiece
Wordless Wednesday: Snapshots from the Tweed
Ed Newman writer, artist, blogger