"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
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 512 pages, illustrations
- Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
- Publication Date: 27/04/2000
- Category: History of art & design styles: from c 1900 -
- ISBN: 9780140176049