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The Unknown Masterpiece

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Published: 1845
Language: English
Wordcount: 11,687 / 39 pg
Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease: 77.4
LoC Category: PQ
Downloads: 1,046
Added to site: 2007.10.18 18566
Genre: Short Story


"There you have the semblance of life, but you do not express its fulness and effluence, that indescribable something, perhaps the soul itself, that envelopes the outlines of the body like a haze; that flower of life, in short, that Titian and Rafael caught. Your utmost achievement hitherto has only brought you to the starting-point. You might now perhaps begin to do excellent work, but you grow weary all too soon; and the crowd admires, and those who know smile.

"Oh, Mabuse! oh, my master!" cried the strange speaker, "thou art a thief! Thou hast carried away the secret of life with thee!"

"Nevertheless," he began again, "this picture of yours is worth more than all the paintings of that rascal Rubens, with his mountains of Flemish flesh raddled with vermilion, his torrents of red hair, his riot of color. You, at least have color there, and feeling and drawing--the three essentials in art."

The young man roused himself from his deep musings.

"Why, my good man, the



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