Portrait of Émile Zola (1840-1902)
Dedication of Émile Zola
With frame: H. 58 - L, 43.5 cm
At sight: H. 29.5 - L. 17 cm
"A WORK OF ART IS A CORNER OF NATURE, SEEN THROUGH A TEMPERAMENT"
Émile Zola is a French writer and journalist born in Paris on April 02, 1840, and died in the same city on September 29, 1902.
After spending his childhood in Aix-en-Provence, he moved to Paris in 1858.
He took a post as a clerk at Hachette editions in 1862, after failing his baccalaureate twice, then became head of advertising.
“Contes à Ninon” was his first book which he published in 1864 but this last one will not mark the spirits.
It will remain with the Hachette editions until 1866.
That same year, he published his first columns in the press.
In 1876, he became the leader of naturalists, a literary and artistic movement which aimed to objectively reproduce reality.
He is one of the most popular French novelists; one of the most edited, translated and commented on in the world. His novels have been adapted for film and television on numerous occasions, but his work and his life have also been the subject of numerous studies.
On the literary level, he is mainly known for his romantic fresco in twenty volumes where the French society of the Second Empire is portrayed there through the story of a family "Les Rougon Macquart".
The last years of his life were marked by his involvement in the Dreyfus affair.
In 1898 he published the article "J'accuse" in the daily Aurore.
The latter dragged him into a libel suit and forced him into exile in London in the same year.
Nadar (1820-1910), Portrait of Émile Zola, 19th century