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Author Spurling, Hilary.

Title Matisse the master : a life of Henri Matisse, the conquest of colour, 1909-1954 / Hilary Spurling
Edition First edition
Published New York : Knopf ; London : Hamish Hamilton, 2005


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Description xxi, 512 pages, 24 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (some color), portraits (some color) ; 24 cm
regular print
Series Life of Henri Matisse
Life of Henri Matisse
Contents 1909: Paris, Cassis and Cavalière -- 1910: Issy-les-Moulineaux, Collioure and Spain -- 1911: Seville, Paris, Collioure and Moscow -- 1912-1913: Tangier and Paris -- 1913-1915: Paris and Tangier -- 1916-1918: Paris and Nice -- 1919-1922: Nice, Paris, London and Etretat -- 1923-1928: Nice and Paris -- 1929-1933: Nice, Paris, America and Tahiti -- 1933-1939: Nice and Paris -- 1939-1945: Paris, Nice, Ciboure, St-Gaudens and Vence -- 1945-1954: Vence, Paris and Nice
Summary "Fifty years after his death, Matisse the Master shows us the painter as he saw himself. With unprecedented and unrestricted access to his voluminous family correspondence, and other new material in private archives, Hilary Spurling documents a lifetime of desperation and self-doubt, exacerbated by Matisse's attempts to counter-act the violence and disruption of the twentieth century in paintings that seem now effortlessly serene, radiant and stable." "Here for the first time is the truth about Matisse's models, especially two Russians: his pupil Olga Meerson (whose hitherto unknown portrait of Matisse lying on his studio couch is on the dust jacket) and the extraordinary Lydia Delectorskaya, who became his studio manager, secretary and companion in the last two decades of his life."
"But every woman who played an important part in Matisse's life was remarkable in her own right, not least his beloved daughter Marguerite, whose honesty and courage surmounted all ordeals, including interrogation and torture by the Gestapo in World War II." "If you have ever wondered how anyone with such a tame, dull public image as Matisse could have painted such rich, powerful, mysteriously moving pictures, let alone produced the radical cut-paper and stained-glass inventions of his last years, here is the answer. They were made by the real Matisse, whose true story has been written down at last from start to finish by his first biographer, Hilary Spurling."--BOOK JACKET
Notes Includes index
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references : pages 467-496
Subject Matisse, Henri, 1869-1954.
Matisse, Henri, 1869-1954 -- Criticism and interpretation.
Artists -- France
Artists, French -- Biography
Painters -- France -- Biography.
Artists -- France -- Biography.
Genre/Form Biography.
Author Matisse, Henri, 1869-1954.
LC no. 2004051074
ISBN 0241133394
9780241133392 :
9780140176056 paperback
0140176055 paperback
Other Titles Life of Henri Matisse, the conquest of colour, 1909-1954
Matisse the master, volume 2, 1909-1954