PDF [Matisse the Master A Life of Henri Matisse The Conuest of Colour 1909 1954]
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narrated biography that shows almost passively becoming victim to his surroundings because of his singular honesty as an artist Spurling provides a colorful account of the years in Tangier and Nice his experience through the wartime years the various solitary trips he undertook to Tahiti and to the United States the extreme criticism he had to endure almost all through his life especially in relation to his rival and contemporary Picasso as well as the eventual break up of his family in his final decades This book is a marvelous read once started this account moves like a suspense novel filled with SPLASHES OF COLOR AND COLORFUL PERSONALITIES of color and COLORFUL PERSONALITIES TOUR DE FORCE personalities a tour de force biography writing whose honesty of portrayal would have made Matisse proud Matisse has been my favorite artist for many decades It has always fascinated me to see the many stages he progressed through in his art from the wild fauve period to the ornately patterned art and then the sublime paper cutouts I had red only brief biogrphical sketches of his life before this and was practically exhausted reading how hard he worked to develop his art how he agonized over his choices and what a severe task master he was with himself and all of his family I found it was best to read only sort sections at a time so that I could focus on author Hilary Spurling s excellent scholarship of creating the art world context in which Matisse worked It was after all one of the most dynamic periods of art exploration and innovation the book rereads very well and that is what I am doing at the present rereading pausing reflecting and perusing my art books as well as memories of museum viewings Well worth reading to learn about Matisse the artist and Matisse the person and those who surrounded supported and were part of his life. EBut 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 the Second World WarIf you have ever wondered how anyone with such a tame 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 From the Hardcover edition.
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Hilary Spurling ↠ 1 FREE DOWNLOADNd I devoured both volumes and was sad when I finished them Matisse The Master was a well researched biography of Henri Matisse from 1909 until his death in 1954 that reads like a suspense novel It was interesting to see how his career and art progressed as well as the influences of two world wars on Matisse his art and his family This volume contains many sketches color plates of his art and photographs as well to enhance your reading experience It was incredible to see how Matisse was not appreciated by the art community at best and often reviled at worst Spurling has been one of my best and often reviled at worst Spurling has been one of my biographers and didn t disappoint In the second part of her superlative biography of Matisse Hilary Spurling provides a splendid portrait of the artist as painter and family man Relying on a range of source material never before accessed Spurling develops the painter s life narrative as a smorgasboard of many personalities that remained enigmatic even to his immediate circle including his family Feverishly dedicated to his vocation he described his painting as a rape of myself a certain tenderness or weakening in the face of a sympathetic object However his canvases always provided him a liberation an expanded pictorial space beyond me beyond any subject or However his canvases always provided him a liberation an expanded pictorial space beyond me beyond any subject or beyond the studio beyond even the housea cosmic space in which I was no aware of the walls than a fish in the seaIn the pursuit of his art Matisse imposed severe demands on all around him The running of his studio and management of his dealings almost always involved another dominant figure in his life whether it was his wife Amelie or in the last two decades of his life his Russian live in manager the extraordinary Lydia Delectorskaya Spurling goes to great extents to establish that Matisse s relationship with his leading models and managers was purely for vocational reasons with no involvement in the affairs of the hear. Began with the acclaimed The Unknown Matisse 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 counteract the violence and disruption of the twentieth century in paintings that now seem effortlessly serene radiant and stableHere for the first time is the truth about Matisse’s models especially two Russians his pupil Olga Meerson and the extraordinary Lydia Delectorskaya who became his studio manager secretary and companion in the last two decades of his lif. ,
From BBC Radio 4 ExtraEleanor Bron reads from Hilary Spurling s biography of the great French artist Abridged by Doreen Estall A comprehensive look at Matisse s life as an artist He was dedicated to his art even through all his struggles in life This biography of Matisse covers his art working relationships and personal life A bit too long for my liking but a good read for those Interested
Artist Biographies One Who Knows Very Little in artist biographies As one who knows very little modern art this was a valuable way to learn about one if its great pioneers This book covers Matisses adult life relating plenty of education about his work as well is a very detailed relating of his personal life I would think that some people would like a shorter version of the story or perhaps a direct explanation of Matisse art and its importance view spoiler Bettie s Books hide spoiler This book is the phenomenal second volume of the two part work of Matisse s biography by Hilary Spurling I have a newfound love and appreciation for Matisse s work after reading of his tumultuous life passion for his work and challenges both personal and professional Matisse suffered from chronic insomnia and myriad of health problems that included intestinal cancer that came with significant complications that impacted his mo Along with uentin Bell s biography of Virginia Woolf this and Spurling s first volume The Unknown Matisse are masterpieces of with uentin Bell s biography of Virginia Woolf this and Spurling s first volume The Unknown Matisse are masterpieces of life writer s art From the artist s early days in the poor and dim north of France to his last days in the light filled south there s enough detail here to sink a lesser biographical vessel There s so much that we didn t know before Spurling s scholarship is exhaustive but it s all so well told This is not the Matisse that introductory art history courses in college conjure up Here is no happy bourgeois the angst ridden Picasso s opposite number Matisse had a hard life from beginning to “If my story were ever to be written down truthfully from start to finish it would amaze everyone” wrote Henri Matisse It is hard to believe today that Matisse whose exhibitions draw huge crowds worldwide was once almost universally reviled and ridiculed His response was neither to protest nor to retreat; he simply pushed on from one innovation to the next and left the world to draw its own conclusions Unfortunately these were generally false and often damaging Throughout his life and afterward people fantasized about his models and circulated baseless fabrications about his private life Fifty years after his death Matisse the Master the second half of the biography that.in artist biographies