The Unknown Matisse (Volume 1)

Author(s): Hilary Spurling


'Hilary Spurling's "The Unknown Matisse" is a truly wonderful biography. Her prose is muscular, rhythmical, carrying a lot of information, yet swift, enthralling. She has done for Matisse what George Painter famously did for Proust in the 1950s. Besides being a first-rate scholar, she is an artist in narrative who has unearthed a fascinating story and told it brilliantly. I rate this first volume with the first volume of Richard Holmes' "Coleridge". Both books mark a climax in what has been called a golden age of modern biography which began with Richard Ellman's "James Joyce". It is a terrific achievement' - Michael Holroyd.


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Shortlisted for WH Smith Literary Prize 1999 and Whitbread Prize (Biography) 1999 and W H Smith Annual Literary Award 1999 and Whitbread Book Awards: Biography Category 1999.


General Fields

  • : 9780140176049
  • : Penguin Books Ltd
  • : Penguin Books Ltd
  • : February 2000
  • : 233mm X 179mm X 32mm
  • : United Kingdom
  • : books

Special Fields

  • : Hilary Spurling
  • : Paperback
  • : 1
  • : 759.4
  • : 512
  • : illustrations