At a glance:
- Author: Hilary Spurling
- First Published: 2005
- Type of Work: Biography
- Time of Work: 1909-1954
- Setting: Paris, Nice, Venice, and the United States
- Genres: Nonfiction
- Subjects: France or French people, Twentieth century, Europe or Europeans, Art or artists, World War II, Paris, Painting or painters, Cubism
- Locales: Europe
Since his death in 1954, Henri Matisse has been largely ignored by potential biographers. Hilary Spurling’s is the first major account of the life of this artist. Matisse, often neglected by a public and by other artists who failed to understand his work, was considered by many too dull and his work too shallow to be an appropriate subject for full biographical treatment.
Spurling, whose account of Matisse’s life is challenging and fascinating, has shown that those who belittled her subject were quite wrong. Matisse once said that if the true story of his life were...
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