Around 1836

At the Museum of Fine Arts in Tours, you can see Balzac in a dressing-gown, but not any dressing-gown: his favourite one, a sort of cassock inspired by the clothing worn by the Chartreux monks and in which he allegedly wrote, Human Comedy. A famous dressing-gown then, that Balzac wears in his portrait painted by Boulanger in around 1836.

Starting from the painting, Gaëlle Bourges led a sort of investigation on some of Balzac’s works, including Eugénie Grandet, piling together historical facts, digressions and more or less risky superpositions.

Cover Photo: Vers 1836 ©Natacha B.