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Balzac's Unknown Masterpiece: spotting the next big thing in art and science


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Figure 1: Auguste Rodin, Monument to Balzac. 1897–1898.
Figure 2: Pablo Picasso, Painter and Model Knitting. 1927.
Figure 3: Richard Hamilton, Balzac (c). 2011 (printed 2012).


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Goldstein, J. Balzac's Unknown Masterpiece: spotting the next big thing in art and science. Nat Med 20, 1106–1111 (2014).

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