Emile Zola: L'œuvre [The work] (3057 words)

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Emile Zola’s L’Œuvre [The Masterpiece] was published in 1886 and is the fourteenth novel from his larger work Les Rougon Macquart. According to Patrick Brady, L’Œuvre was overshadowed by the novels Germinal and 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 …

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 18 June 2021.]

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