The Unknown Matisse : Man of the North: 1869-1908 v. 1, Paperback

The Unknown Matisse : Man of the North: 1869-1908 v. 1 Paperback

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"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's 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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