Emile Zola, L'œuvre [The work]

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Emile Zola’s



The Masterpiece


was published in 1886 and is the fourteenth novel from his larger work

Les Rougon Macquart.

According to Patrick Brady,


was overshadowed by the novels



La Terre

, but reasserted its importance as being “simple, familier, puissant, et assez noir, à mi-chemin entre l’art romantique et l’art réaliste” [simple, familiar, powerful, and quite dark, half way between romantic art and realist art] (Brady, 1967, 9). In this volume, Zola’s objective is to reveal the impact of hereditary madness through his main character, the painter Claude Lantier, as he is introduced in the family tree of the Rougon Macquart: “Claude Lantier, né en 1842 – mélange fusion – prépondérance morale et physique de la mère,…

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Citation: Vernier, Béatrice. "L'œuvre". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 07 August 2016 [https://www.litencyc.com/php/sworks.php?rec=true&UID=35520, accessed 22 April 2024.]

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