5 – 9 October, 2016
First Floor at 40–41 Conduit Str, London W1S 2YQ, UK
In L’oeuvre, his 1886 masterpiece, Émile Zola portrays the epic struggle of Claude Lantier to paint his greatest work. Loosely based on Cézanne and Manet, Zola’s character embodies the now defunct notion of the groundbreaking artist struggling to create his final masterpiece. This paradigm was heavily satirised by Tony Hancock in The Rebel (1961), proving that by the Sixties, the cliché of the lone genius who changes history with
his final great opus had become exhausted and absurd.