Masters and Servants is a literary intervention in the BOZAR exhibition Antoine Watteau: The Music Lesson. Visitors to the exhibition can listen to fragments of the novella of the same name by the eminent French writer Pierre Michon. In his effervescent short novel Masters and Servants (1988), Michon - who made his name with the classic Vies minuscules (Small Lives, 1984) and more recently won a major prize for Les Onze (The Eleven, 2009) - tells the life story of the painter, who died young. BOZAR LITERATURE has selected excerpts that you can read in the visitor's guide and listen to on the audioguide. On 7 May the author will be present in person for a unique encounter.

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Pierre Michon (born in 1945) achieved cult status in French literature with his autobiographical debut, Vies minuscules (Small Lives, 1984), a contemporary classic that describes the "small" lives of peasants and uneducated people in his native Creuse. Since then, Michon has produced an impressive body of work, including a number of short novels about artists, including Watteau, Goya, and Van Gogh. In 1996 he was awarded the Prix de la Ville de Paris for his oeuvre as a whole and in 2008 he received the Grand Prix du Roman de l'Académie Française for his novel Les Onze (The Eleven, 2009).