Matisse: The Life (Matisse #2)
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Because of my lack of knowledge concerning both this artist and his style of painting in general I really struggled through the first couple hundred pages. It jumped right into him teaching art...with a daughter and new wife (not the mom of the daughter...but you didn't know that till much later in the book).
However, I thoroughly enjoyed the last couple hundred of pages. This was showing how his work and his life changed with...more
Spurling devoted two volumes and more than 1,000 pages to her biography of Henri Matisse, and it is clear that she fell in love with the great artist by the time she had finished. Critics labeled Matisse the Master and its predecessor a monumental achievement worthy of its subject, and they noted that the second volume could easily stand on its own. Extensively researched and lovingly written, Spurling brings both the artist and his work to life, even for those already familiar with Matisse. If...more
For him (Matisse) each painting was a rape. "Whose rape?" he asked... "A rape of myself, of a certain tenderness...more
4 Extra Debut.
1909, and Henri Matisse's critics call his paintings monstrous. Can he find support? Eleanor Bron reads Hilary Spurling's biography.
2. 1914, and with his family scattered across France, Matisse expresses the horror and uncertainty of the First World War in his art.
3. 1930, and Henri Matisse's painting is dramatically influenced by his visits to New York and Tahiti.
4. 1938, and now in his 60s, Henri Matisse's art must endure personal uphea...more
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She is married to playwright John Spurling, and has three children (Amy, Nathaniel and Gilbert) and two grandchildren.