Matisse the Master by Hilary Spurling
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Matisse the Master
By Hilary Spurling

Matisse the Master

A Life of Henri Matisse: 1909-1954 2nd Revised edition

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Matisse the Master by Hilary Spurling

Book Awards

  • Winner of Whitbread Book Awards: Book of the Year 2005.

Book Description

In this astounding book (winner of the Whitbread Book of the Year 2005) Hilary Spurling's fascinating exploration of Matisse's world uncovers the secret life of the artist, whose paintings shocked and infuriated his contemporaries while paving the way for modern art. This beautifully presented second volume tells the story of Matisse's growing artistic maturity and the relationship between his life and art from 1909 to 1954, his glory years.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780140176056
ISBN-10: 0140176055
Format: Paperback
(236mm x 179mm x 33mm)
Pages: 544
Imprint: Penguin Books Ltd
Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
Publish Date: 28-Sep-2006
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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Matisse by Hilary Spurling Matisse, Paperback (April 2009)

Henri Matisse was one of the most important and beloved artists of the twentieth century, rivalled only by his friend - and competitor - Pablo Picasso. This title reveals the origins of Matisse's astonishing talent and provides an insight into his life and work.

Elinor Fettiplace's Receipt Book by Hilary Spurling Elinor Fettiplace's Receipt Book, Paperback (November 2008)

Offering an intimate glimpse into the fabric of everyday Elizabethan life, this cookery book combines scholarly and practical skills. It pinpoints the author's precise social standing and that of her intimates and acquaintances, of the kind of lives they led, consequently the kind of food they ate, and the way it was prepared, preserved.

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Author Biography - Hilary Spurling

Hilary Spurling was born in 1940. She is the author of numerous biographies, including Ivy When Young: The Early Life of Ivy Compton-Burnett 1884-1919; Paul Scott: A Life; a two-volume biography of Matisse, The Unknown Matisse and Matisse the Master (also published in the abridged single-volume Matisse: The Life); and Burying the Bones. She won the Rose Mary Crawshay Prize and the Duff Cooper Prize for Ivy When Young, the Whitbread Book of the Year Award for Matisse the Master, and the James Tait Black Memorial Prize for Burying the Bones. She grew up in Bristol and studied at the University of Oxford. From 1964 to 1970 she was theatre critic and literary editor of the Spectator, and since then she has been a regular book reviewer for the Observer and the Daily Telegraph. She lives in London with her husband, the playwright John Spurling, with whom she has three children. Her new book, Anthony Powell, will be published by Hamish Hamilton in October 2016.

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