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eBook The Unknown Matisse: A Life of Henri Matisse: The Early Years, 1869-1908 download ISBN: 0375711333
Author: Hilary Spurling
Publisher: Knopf (October 18, 2005)
Language: English
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Only 9 left in stock (more on the way). This book is extraordinary in revealing not only so much about Matisse that was previously unknown and unexpected, but also so much of real importance to an understanding of him and his art. Truly indispensable for anyone interested in Matisse, or in the milieu in which he lived and worked, or in the forces that shaped the art of this century-with a human dimension that is vividly drawn, utrterly compelling, and profoundly moving.

Henri Matisse is one of the masters of twentieth-century art and a household word to millions of people who find joy and . Now, in the hands of the superb biographer Hilary Spurling, the unknown Matisse becomes visible at last.

Henri Matisse is one of the masters of twentieth-century art and a household word to millions of people who find joy and meaning in his light-filled, colorful images-yet, despite all the books devoted to his work, the man himself has remained a mystery. Matisse was born into a family of shopkeepers in 1869, in a gloomy textile town in the north of France.

The art, youth, early maturity and life of artist Henri Matisse are thoroughly examined in this biography that also .

The art, youth, early maturity and life of artist Henri Matisse are thoroughly examined in this biography that also includes 24 pages of color reproductions. Henri Matisse is one of the masters of twentieth-century art and a household word to millions of people who find joy and meaning in his light-filled, colorful images-yet, despite all the books devoted to his work, the man himself has remained a mystery. Now, in the hands of the superb biographer Hilary Spurling, the unknown Matisse becomes visible at last

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Hilary Spurling, CBE, FRSL (born 25 December 1940) is a British writer . 1976, Rose Mary Crawshay Prize for Ivy When Young: The Early Life of Ivy Compton-Burnett 1884-1919

Hilary Spurling, CBE, FRSL (born 25 December 1940) is a British writer, known for her work as a journalist and biographer  . The Unknown Matisse: Volume 1 - A Life of Henri Matisse 1869-1908 (1998). La Grande Thérèse: The Greatest Swindle of the Century (1999) on Thérèse Humbert. 1976, Rose Mary Crawshay Prize for Ivy When Young: The Early Life of Ivy Compton-Burnett 1884-1919. 1984, Duff Cooper Prize for Ivy When Young: The Early Life of Ivy Compton-Burnett 1884-1919.

Bibliographic Details . Publication Date: 1998.

Her book reveals the "unknown" Matisse, the man not understood by a study of his paintings alone. The most remarkable thing that comes across about Matisse's early period is just how undistinguished it was, especially in terms of art. This genius was definitely a late bloomer

Her book reveals the "unknown" Matisse, the man not understood by a study of his paintings alone. This genius was definitely a late bloomer. His ambitions as a youth were to be a clown or horseman. He was a gifted marksman and violinist.

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The Unknown Matisse Vol. 1&2 : A Life of Henri Matisse: The Early Years 1869 - 1908. Book in the Matisse Series). Tracing Matisse's life through his thirties, Spurling describes how the artist's stubborn northern temperament helped sustain him through many challenges, both artistic and financial, as he found his way as a painter.

Includes bibliographical references (p. 425-464) and index. Personal Name: Matisse, Henri, 1869-1954.

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Henri Matisse is one of the masters of twentieth-century art and a household word to millions of people who find joy and meaning in his light-filled, colorful images--yet, despite all the books devoted to his work, the man himself has remained a mystery. Now, in the hands of the superb biographer Hilary Spurling, the unknown Matisse becomes visible at last.Matisse was born into a family of shopkeepers in 1869, in a gloomy textile town in the north of France. His environment was brightened only by the sumptuous fabrics produced by the local weavers--magnificent brocades and silks that offered Matisse his first vision of light and color, and which later became a familiar motif in his paintings. He did not find his artistic vocation until after leaving school, when he struggled for years with his father, who wanted him to take over the family seed-store. Escaping to Paris, where he was scorned by the French art establishment, Matisse lived for fifteen years in great poverty--an ordeal he shared with other young artists and with Camille Joblaud, the mother of his daughter, Marguerite. But Matisse never gave up. Painting by painting, he struggled toward the revelation that beckoned to him, learning about color, light, and form from such mentors as Signac, Pissarro, and the Australian painter John Peter Russell, who ruled his own art colony on an island off the coast of Brittany. In 1898, after a dramatic parting from Joblaud, Matisse met and married Amélie Parayre, who became his staunchest ally. She and their two sons, Jean and Pierre, formed with Marguerite his indispensable intimate circle.From the first day of his wedding trip to Ajaccio in Corsica, Matisse realized that he had found his spiritual home: the south, with its heat, color, and clear light. For years he worked unceasingly toward the style by which we know him now. But in 1902, just as he was on the point of achieving his goals as a painter, he suddenly left Paris with his family for the hometown he detested, and returned to the somber, muted palette he had so recently discarded.Why did this happen? Art historians have called this regression Matisse's "dark period," but none have ever guessed the reason for it. What Hilary Spurling has uncovered is nothing less than the involvement of Matisse's in-laws, the Parayres, in a monumental scandal which threatened to topple the banking system and government of France. The authorities, reeling from the divisive Dreyfus case, smoothed over the so-called Humbert Affair, and did it so well that the story of this twenty-year scam--and the humiliation and ruin its climax brought down on the unsuspecting Matisse and his family--have been erased from memory until now.It took many months for Matisse to come to terms with this disgrace, and nearly as long to return to the bold course he had been pursuing before the interruption. What lay ahead were the summers in St-Tropez and Collioure; the outpouring of "Fauve" paintings; Matisse's experiments with sculpture; and the beginnings of acceptance by dealers and collectors, which, by 1908, put his life on a more secure footing.Hilary Spurling's discovery of the Humbert Affair and its effects on Matisse's health and work is an extraordinary revelation, but it is only one aspect of her achievement. She enters into Matisse's struggle for expression and his tenacious progress from his northern origins to the life-giving light of the Mediterranean with rare sensitivity. She brings to her task an astonishing breadth of knowledge about his family, about fin-de-siècle Paris, the conventional Salon painters who shut their doors on him, his artistic comrades, his early patrons, and his incipient rivalry with Picasso.In Hilary Spurling, Matisse has found a biographer with a detective's ability to unearth crucial facts, the narrative power of a novelist, and profound empathy for her subject.From the Hardcover edition.
Comments: (7)
Samulkis
I, Barbara, have just finished reading this book and am eagerly awaiting the next on about " Matisse the Master." Hilary Spurling writes in a very readable style and I enjoyed the book very much. It is a long book, and I don't usually read completely such lengthly ones, but this one held my interest all the way till the end. I have been studying Matisse and his art and life at some length currently. This book and the next one are essential to understanding the artist and his art, as there seems to be much information about them both.
superstar
Henri Matisse (1869-1954) came from the somber northern region of France. The landscape of his youth was sketched in the somber colors of a provinical childhood. His family were seed merchants, sober and no nonsense in their approach to the realities of life. As Matisse grew his art expanded as he journeyed to Paris and to the South of France where he discovered the glories of coloration in his art. Matisse was the greatest of the Fauvist painters; the chief rival of Picasso and the grand old man of French painting.
In this first volume of her life of Matisse, Hilary Spurling the British born biographer draws France in the dawn of the 20th
century as we see Matisse struggle from poverty to stability. He was supported by a loving wife, good friends and a genius which
burst forth in all its glory as the great master continue to grow in his art.
The book is well illustrated, detailed in its description of Matisse's families, friends and opponents and well worth the reader's time.
With the current exhibition of Matisse-Picasso at the Metropolitan Museum of Mordern Art it is a pleasure to turn to Spurling's fine volume on Matisse to gain further insights into this giant of modern art. I recommend this book to everyone from art expert to the educated general reader seeking further insights into the evolution of a painter of genius.
Gaeuney
Visiting NYC for two weeks coincident with the limited exhibition of Matisse's work at the Museum of Modern Art, I was finally driven to begin reading the two volume biography by Spurling. This comment follows completion of the first volume. Tomorrow on to the second. It has been quite useful to have both the fine MoMA exhibition and additional works from its permanent collection available as well as the classics at the Met, while reading the book. A fair proportion in both settings were created during the period covered by the book. It is commonplace to base discussions of Matisse, less so with Picasso, on the comparison with Picasso. There is no doubt from the sources, that much of their careers involved awareness of the others existence and reaction to that fact. In this volume, Picasso enters onto the scene only near the end as both he and Matisse produce seminal works, Picasso's Brothel and Matisse's Dance. My own take on their lives, enlightened by this excellent biography of Matisse, is that, whatever may be ones conclusions as to their work, Picasso had by far the easier road to his achievements in the first decade of the 20th century than did Matisse. Picasso was born to an artistic family and was always the golden boy, as far as they and many friends were concerned. At 19, he was doing highly professional and generally accepted work, although too derivative for his taste and desire to be recognized as what he always knew he was meant to be: the greatest artist in Paris- which meant, to him, the greatest artist in the world. Matisse was born into a family and social setting which abhorred the idea of art as a way of life, had few who thought him even talented, and, at the age of 31 (in 1900), was still struggling to survive as an artist and to be judged as worthy of the title. His story is the classic one of the desperate struggle of an Original, against all odds, to support himself and his family, while going his own way against the tide.
This book tells the story with clarity and literary skill so as to make the book almost un-put-downable. It is mandatory reading for any layperson seeking to understand Matisse and his work. It is recommended reading for anyone seeking to know Matisse better than any other source will allow (to understand his life and where the work stands within it; there are other, very fine monographs, focussed on the art-work itself, which must be read for a fuller picture of the whole man).
A point about the book production: the paperbound copy of this volume which I read fell apart in the process; whether a fluke of the assembly line or a common risk, I do not know. I have the hardbound version of the second volume.
Zut
A good friend gave me Matisse the Master, the second volume of Hilary Spurling's two-volume biography. I was 100 pages into it when I decided I really needed to re-start at the beginning, so I bought The Unknown Matisse. It is one of the best biographies I've ever read.
Matisse began his life in a small town where existence was still virtually medieval. With impassable roads for much of the year, life was basic and art was suspect. Despite disapproval and ridicule for his ambitions, Matisse went on to become one of the two most famous and influential artists of the 2oth century. Spurling sheds light on Matisse's struggles and humiliations as well as putting his experiences into the context of his time. You understand his later reticence after the Humbert Affair- a Bernie Madoff scenario- in which his in-laws were involved. Spurling introduces Matisse's friends, supporters and detractors and makes all the interactions so fascinating that it becomes a natural follow-up to Google all these names and follow their stories too. And then you are eager for Volume Two.
BoberMod
Full of detail and gives good understanding of the emotional and philosophical side of Matisse. I was looking more for information on the technical and process aspects which were not covered in much detail. Still a nice addition to my collection.
furious ox
The times, family, friends and setting influenced Matisse tremendously while he was evolving as an artist. . This biography lays this out thoroughly. Ms. Spurling had access to family members so there is a richness of detail. If you want a breezy overview of Matisse's life, skip this book which is really the first volume of two. It takes you up to about 1909.
Cordanius
Excellent book about the little known early career of Matisse. Very well researched and very interesting.