By Hilary Spurling
"Hilary Spurling's THE UNKNOWN MATISSE is a very fabulous biography. Her prose is muscular, rhythmical, sporting loads of details, but quick, mesmerizing. She has performed for Matisse what George Painter famously did for Proust within the Nineteen Fifties. in addition to being a chief pupil, she is an artist in narrative who has unearthed a desirable tale and instructed it brilliantly. I expense this primary quantity with the 1st quantity of Richard Holmes's COLERIDGE . either books mark a climax in what has been known as a golden age of contemporary biography which started with Richard Ellman's JAMES JOYCE. it's a marvelous achievement." Michael Holroyd
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