"Balzac's Chef-d'Oeuvre Inconnu"

Le Chef-d'Oeuvre Inconnu (in English - The Unknown Masterpiece), is a short story by Honoré de Balzac. It was published in several places before being incorporated into Balzac's La Comédie humaine. In Possession, Fergus Wolff says that it is 'about a painting that turned out to be nothing but a chaotic mass of brush-strokes'.