Matisse: The Life

From the publisher:

‘Inspired, innovative, remarkable’ Independent ‘Spurling has done better than anyone else at uncovering intimate information about Matisse’ Guardian The abridged, one-volume edition of Hilary Spurling’s critically acclaimed biography of Henri Matisse, one of the greatest artistic geniuses of the twentieth century Henri Matisse was one of the most important and beloved artists of the twentieth century, rivalled only by his friend and competitor Pablo Picasso. Hilary Spurling’s The Unknown Matisse and Matisse the Master were together heralded as the definitive biography of the artist, and Matisse the Master went on to win the Whitbread Book of the Year award in 2005. This essential abridged edition of the Life reveals the origins of Matisse’s astonishing talent, provides a unique insight into his life and work, and, by documenting the difficult path he took alone, clearly places him at the front rank of those who made art modern.

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