The Masterpiece Book Summary and Study Guide

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The masterpiece is about the beginning of the Impressionism movement in France in the 19th century. We see Claude Lantier trying to get recognition at the Salon, which refuses him year after year. We see him from a young man to a disabused artist commiting suicde leaving his wife in utter misery. Around him are described a group of painters, scultors, writers and musicians with various degree of success or failure.
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Plot & Themes

Tone of book?    -   thoughtful Time/era of story    -   1600-1899 Life of a profession:    -   artist Is this an adult or child's book?    -   Adult or Young Adult Book Job/Profession/Status story    -   Yes

Main Character

Gender    -   Male Profession/status:    -   artist Age:    -   20's-30's Ethnicity/Nationality    -   French Unusual characteristics:    -   Genius


How much descriptions of surroundings?    -   8 () Europe    -   Yes European country:    -   France City?    -   Yes Small town?    -   Yes Small town people:    -   nice, like Andy/Opie/Aunt Bee

Writing Style

Sex in book?    -   Yes What kind of sex:    -   vague references only

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