Honore de Balzac pen and ink 25 x 19.5cm (9 13/16 x 7 11/16in).
EXHIBITED: Paris, Le Salon des Peintres du Spectacle, 1995
Honore de Balzac (1799-1850) was the author of La Comédie Humaine, a vast series of novels that remained unfinished on his death in 1850. His work is seen as a prime example of literary realism, influencing following generations of authors, from Henry James to Marcel Proust and Gustave Flaubert. Controversially sculpted by Rodin in 1898, Balzac's shadow lies heavily over early 20th century literature.