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If all biographers wrote with Spurling's warmth, empathy, and intelligence, no one would likely want to read any other kind of book. The Unknown Matisse is thoroughly researched, with pages devoted to minutiae that Spurling imparts with wit and style, making every nuance of Matisse's early development fascinating. She tells too the story of Matisse's family life (Mme. Matisse risked her respectable reputation by adopting Henri's first, illegitimate daughter), his brilliant ideas about art, and the years it took for his paintings to find their rightful audience. It was her intention finally to give as much weight to Matisse's life as has been given to his work, but in the process of examining the man she sheds new light on the art as well. --Peggy Moorman
Spurling's book gave me insight into the way in which issues in Matisse's life affected the direction his painting took during the early years of his career - valuable information... Read morePublished 16 months ago by LW_Chick
This is a beautifully written, thoroughly researched bio. I very much appreciate having such a detailed history of Matisse's life. Read morePublished 22 months ago by Jan Cambria
i loved this book - many new insights on matisse, the preeminent modern artist - very well researched and written -Published on September 18, 2007 by tedz
I read this book last year and have been anxiously awaiting the next volume. A marvelous examination of Matisse's start, the development of his passion for art and the complex... Read morePublished on April 11, 2001
The narrative quality, even of a historical biography, is what keeps us reading. Only so many details can be digested before the reader bloats and stalls out in his efforts to... Read morePublished on October 24, 2000 by James Gash