Young artists spouting revolutionary theories about artwork and society, an old-guard institution who try to keep the brand new-comers and their radical concepts down. This is the story of a neurosis increase in a painter Zola has portrayed after Paul Cézanne, with fine impressionnistic descriptions to boot. I fell in love with the characters and empathized with a lot of what they felt and thought. I am going to read immediately another book by Émile Zola.
Inspired and related, The Masterpiece is proof that a unique, yet downplayed strategy to creation is intrinsic to its mark of endurance. It by no means overindulges or panders, and the result is a timeless and spectacular piece of recent literature. The Masterpiece is many issues, however standing clear above its winding threads of concepts and creativity are two major pillars of meaning that function a testament to the importance of Zola’s writing.