In 1931, Picasso illustrated Balzac’s Le Chef-d’œuvre inconnu for art dealer and publisher, Ambroise Vollard. I understand he was so taken with the story which was set on the rue des Grands-Augustins that he decided to move there. This seems as good a reason as any if you ask me. It must have been an inspiring location as it was here Picasso produced Guernica. Not that Picasso had painters block or anything – he could have produced masterpieces in a sewer, I’m sure. Still. Balzac and all……
Balzac was inspiration to Picasso, Picasso is inspiration to, well, all modern art. And on it goes.
What is art? Nature concentrated
Honore de Balzac
Art is the elimination of the unnecessary.