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        Raphael de Valentin and the shopkeeper, illustration from 'La Peau de Chagrin', drama adapted from the novel by Honore de Balzac

        French School, (19th century); French. Medium: engraving. Date: 19th Century. Raphael et le marchand, drame tire du roman de Balzac; adaptation by Louis Judicis; 'The Magic Skin or The Wild Ass's Skin'; written in 1831; promises to fulfill any wish of its owner, shrinking upon the fulfillment of each desire; bourgeois materialism; first performed in Theatre de l'Ambigu Comique in 1851; cabinet de curiosites; character; Realism; Provenance: Musee de la Ville de Paris, Maison de Balzac, Paris, France / Giraudon. Photographic Rights The Bridgeman Art Library.


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