19th-Century Balzac Meets 20th-Century Bellaart

Honoré de Balzac [Gerard Bellaart, 1.XII.80]

Gerard Bellaart’s masterly washed-pen drawing of Honoré de Balzac testifies to his great admiration for one of France’s most prodigious writers. He is particularly fond of the 19th-century Balzac novel Illusions perdues, about a young poet living in Angoulême, a provincial town in “France profonde,” who is desperate to make a name for himself in Paris.


Gerard Bellaart in his studio. [JH, 2013]


A painting by Bellaart, photographed in his studio. [JH: 2013]

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