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biography of Henri from 1909 until his death in 1954 that of Henri from 1909 until his death in 1954 that 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 favorite biographers and didn t disappoint From BBC Radio 4 ExtraEleanor Bron reads from Hilary Spurling s biography of the reat French artist Abridged by Doreen Estall 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 mobility in later years Yet even when bedridden Matisse continued to create He transitioned to other art forms that included his now famous cut out designs Matisse also Matisse continued to create He transitioned to other art forms that included his now famous cut out designs Matisse also through World War II in Nazi occupied France His only daughter Marguerite a staunch supporter of her father s work worked for the Resistance was captured and tortured by the Nazis A traumatic period for Matisse Marguerite survived and emerged remarkably stronger confident and determined after the ordeal As one of Matisse s most loyal supporters she catalogued his papers his works and was the catalyst for a catalogue du raisonne which she and her husband Claude Duthuit developed Spurling writes with reat skill the book reads like a page turning novel I appreciated the numerous colour photographs and illustrations they enriched the reading experience I looked up a handful of Matisse s works online while reading Viewing the works as the story unfolded made me appreciate Matisse s techniues style and creativity He was a revolutionary artist even though many failed to understand his work He was labeled a lunatic a madman The madman portrayal clung to him throughout his career After World War II when his work was in an exhibition alongside his friend Picasso at the Victoria and Albert Museum in London there were protests some members of the public perceived the works to mock civilized values for which the war was fought p 441 When Matisse transitioned to other art forms he used paper cut outs to create wall hangings tapestries and ceramic tile designs He also designed and built a chapel in Vence France Chapelle du Rosaire which Spurling describes as his desire to create something monumental Matisse had found a champion for his chapel design in a young 27 year old brother of the Catholic Church who admired the architect Le Corbusier Brother Louis Bertrand Rayssiguier The chapel agains. “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 enerally 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.
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many personalities that remained enigmatic even to his immediate circle including his family Feverishly remained enigmatic even to his immediate circle including his family Feverishly to his vocation he describedpersonalities that remained enigmatic even to his immediate circle including his family Feverishly dedicated to his vocation he described 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 motif beyond the studio beyond even the housea cosmic
space in which i was no aware ofin which I was no aware of 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 Prisoner of Midnight goes toreat 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 heart She is in my opinion only partly successful in persuading the readerAll in all this is a beautifully narrated biography that shows Matisse 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 a tour de force in biography writing whose honesty of portrayal would have made Matisse proud 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 ood read for those interested in artist biographies Along with uentin Bell s biography of Virginia Woolf this and Spurling s first volume The Unknown Matisse are masterpieces of the 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 end I devoured both volumes and was sad when I finished them 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 lass 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. ,
T all odds Confessions of an Air Ambulance Doctor given Matisse s fame did not resonate with the Roman Catholic Church came to fruition in 1951 p 449 There was tremendous opposition including from aroup of nuns including the young nun Moniue Bourgeois who was partly the inspiration for the chapel Bourgeois had been a nurse to Matisse after one of his surgeries The included innovative designs in stained Mr. Jelly's Business glass windows not of religious scenes tiles covered withraffiti style images paintings Given Matisse an atheist the project was that much controversial His friend Picasso opposed the project vehemently Yet Picasso admired Matisse s cross design made of white ceramic tile decorated with images drawn freehand in black Matisse already spoke of the chapel as the crown of his life s work He firmly overruled a proposal to seek architectural input from Le Corbusier producing instead a biddable consultant of his own the Parisian architect and academician August Perret He ll do what I say said Matisse P 450Throughout his lifetime Matisse s work consumed him Yet family was almost as important Spurling weaves a remarkable story of a tortured man an artistic 6 1/2 Body Parts (Body Movers, genius and family man one who loved his childrenrandchildren and wife even though in later years they were separated Matisse died in 1954 at the age of eighty four Spurling s two volume work is remarkable Definitely a commitment to read but worth it for fans of Matisse andor of twentieth century art 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 As one who knows very little about modern art this was a valuable way
to learn about one if its reat pioneerslearn about one if its reat pioneers 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 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 devel. 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.