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Henri Matisse was one of the most important and beloved artists of the 20th century, rivalled only by his friend and competitor Pablo Picasso. Hilary Spurling's The Unknown Matisse and Matisse the Master were together heralded as the definitive biography of the artist, and Matisse the Master went on to win the Whitbread Book of the Year award in 2005.
This essential abridged edition of The Life reveals the origins of Matisse's astonishing talent, provides a unique insight into his life and work and, by documenting the difficult path he took alone, clearly places him at the front rank of those who made art modern.
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Informative, well-researched and elegantly written, this biography is itself a work of art. Spurling’s ability to sketch characters and environments is remarkable. The reader is also very good.
The problem with audiobooks on art topics is the lack of visual material, and despite the very poetic descriptions of paintings, a folder with pictures would have been useful.
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- Optimistic fool
Enjoyable and informative
I didn’t know much about Matisse before listening or like or appreciate his art. After listening I’m well informed and now appreciate his massive and unique contribution to modern art. Also a story of his family