From: Marcel PROUST, Correspondance  
(Kolb, Philip, Ed. –Plon, 1993)
Count Robert de Montesquiou   
poet and art critic 
Léon Delafosse 
pianist and composer 
Antoine de la Gandara
portrait painter 
English (translation)
French (original)


1) "Muflisme," as best I understand it, is a term coined by of Gustave Flaubert in describing art and artists who love ignorance, impertinence, contempt for greatness, love of mediocrity, banality and no ambition. France was, for Flaubert, entering an "era of the muflisme".


Gustave Flaubert (1821-1880) French novelist of the realist school, best-known for Madame Bovary (1857), a story of adultery and unhappy love affair of the provincial wife Emma Bovary. A perfectionist, Flaubert didn't make distinctions between beauty and ugly subjects. Though he is grouped with the Realist, he himself, hated that distinction.



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