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Spurling, Hilary

Works: 114 works in 382 publications in 5 languages and 13,503 library holdings
Genres: Biography  Fiction  History  Criticism, interpretation, etc  Dictionaries  Exhibition catalogs  Historical fiction 
Roles: Author, Author of introduction
Classifications: N6853.M33, B
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Most widely held works about Hilary Spurling
Most widely held works by Hilary Spurling
Matisse the master : a life of Henri Matisse, the conquest of colour, 1909-1954 by Hilary Spurling( Book )
23 editions published between 2005 and 2007 in English and Chinese and held by 1,975 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
It is hard to believe today that Matisse was once almost universally reviled and ridiculed. His response was neither to protest nor to retreat; he simply pushed on from one innovation to the next, and left the world to draw its own conclusions. Unfortunately, these were generally false and often damaging. Throughout his life and afterward people fantasized about his models and circulated baseless fabrications about his private life. Fifty years after his death, this biography shows us the painter as he saw himself. With unprecedented access to new material, Spurling documents a lifetime of desperation and self-doubt. Here for the first time is the truth about Matisse's models; but every woman who played a part in Matisse's life was remarkable in her own right, not least his beloved daughter Marguerite, whose honesty and courage surmounted all ordeals, including interrogation and torture by the Gestapo in the Second World War.--From publisher description
The unknown Matisse : a life of Henri Matisse, the early years, 1869-1908 by Hilary Spurling( Book )
44 editions published between 1990 and 2008 in English and German and held by 1,893 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
The art, youth, early maturity and life of artist Henri Matisse are thoroughly examined in this biography that also includes 24 pages of color reproductions. Henri Matisse is one of the masters of twentieth-century art and a household word to millions of people who find joy and meaning in his light-filled, colorful images-yet, despite all the books devoted to his work, the man himself has remained a mystery. Now, in the hands of the superb biographer Hilary Spurling, the unknown Matisse becomes visible at last. Matisse was born into a family of shopkeepers in 1869, in a gloomy textile town in the north of France. His environment was brightened only by the sumptuous fabrics produced by the local weavers-magnificent brocades and silks that offered Matisse his first vision of light and color, and which later became a familiar motif in his paintings. He did not find his artistic vocation until after leaving school, when he struggled for years with his father, who wanted him to take over the family seed-store. Escaping to Paris, where he was scorned by the French art establishment, Matisse lived for fifteen years in great poverty, an ordeal he shared with other young artists and with Camille Joblaud, the mother of his daughter, Marguerite. But Matisse never gave up. Painting by painting, he struggled toward the revelation that beckoned to him, learning about color, light, and form from such mentors as Signac, Pissarro, and the Australian painter John Peter Russell, who ruled his own art colony on an island off the coast of Brittany. In 1898, after a dramatic parting from Joblaud, Matisse met and married Amele Parayre, who became his staunchest ally. She and their two sons, Jean and Pierre, formed with Marguerite his indispensable intimate circle. From the first day of his wedding trip to Ajaccio in Corsica, Matisse realized that he had found his spiritual home: the south, with its heat, color, and clear light. For years he worked unceasingly toward the style by which we know him now. But in 1902, just as he was on the point of achieving his goals as a painter, he suddenly left Paris with his family for the hometown he detested, and returned to the somber, muted palette he had so recently discarded. Why did this happen? Art historians have called this regression Matisse's "dark period," but none have ever guessed the reason for it. What Hilary Spurling has uncovered is nothing less than the involvement of Matisse's in-laws, the Parayres, in a monumental scandal which threatened to topple the banking system and government of France. The authorities, reeling from the divisive Dreyfus case, smoothed over the so-called Humbert Affair, and did it so well that the story of this twenty-year scam, and the humiliation and ruin its climax brought down on the unsuspecting Matisse and his family, have been erased from memory until now. It took many months for Matisse to come to terms with this disgrace, and nearly as long to return to the bold course he had been pursuing before the interruption. What lay ahead were the summers in St-Tropez and Collioure; the outpouring of "Fauve" paintings; Matisse's experiments with sculpture; and the beginnings of acceptance by dealers and collectors, which, by 1908, put his life on a more secure footing. Hilary Spurling's discovery of the Humbert Affair and its effects on Matisse's health and work is an extraordinary revelation, but it is only one aspect of her achievement. She enters into Matisse's struggle for expression and his tenacious progress from his northern origins to the life-giving light of the Mediterranean with rare sensitivity. She brings to her task an astonishing breadth of knowledge about his family, about fin-de-siecle Paris, the conventional Salon painters who shut their doors on him, his artistic comrades, his early patrons, and his incipient rivalry with Picasso. In Hilary Spurling, Matisse has found a biographer with a detective's ability to unearth crucial facts, the narrative power of a novelist, and profound empathy for her subject. Oxford-educated journalist Spurling uncovers the involvement of Matisse's in-laws in a monumental financial scandal, describing how it affected his health and how it led to his "dark period". Her examination of Matisse's artistic and career progression is informed by an astonishing breadth of knowledge about his family, fin-de- siecle Paris, the conventional Salon painters who shut their doors on him, his artistic comrades, his early patrons, and his rivalry with Picasso
Pearl Buck in China : journey to The good earth by Hilary Spurling( Book )
10 editions published between 2010 and 2014 in English and held by 1,621 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
An engrossing biography of Buck, a woman whose fascinating life gave her a unique outlook on the plight of women and the suffering of China's rural poor
Ivy, the life of I. Compton-Burnett by Hilary Spurling( Book )
12 editions published between 1984 and 1995 in English and held by 890 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Matisse, his art and his textiles : the fabric of dreams by Henri Matisse( Book )
2 editions published in 2004 in English and held by 837 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Textiles were the key to Matisse's visual imagination. His ancestors had been weavers for generations: the textures and vibrancy of cloth were in his blood. Although Matisse was to outgrow every other influence, textiles retained their power to inspire his imagination throughout his life. His studio in Nice was a treasure house of exotic Persian carpets, delicate Arab embroideries, richly hued African wall hangings, curtains, costumes, patterned screens and backcloths. This sumptuously illustrated book, which includes over 100 works by Matisse together with numerous colourful fabrics, is the catalogue of a groundbreaking exhibition at the Musée Matisse, Le Cateau-Cambrésis; the Royal Academy of Arts, London; and the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York. Matisse's relationship with the textiles that surrounded him from his earliest days is revealed here for the first time. Charting how the fabrics he painted from became the very fabric of his paintings, the authors examine the ways in which Matisse used what he called his "working library" of textiles to furnish, order and compose some of the twentieth century's most pioneering works of art
Paul Scott : a life of the author of the Raj quartet by Hilary Spurling( Book )
5 editions published between 1990 and 1991 in English and held by 654 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
The girl from the Fiction Department : a portrait of Sonia Orwell by Hilary Spurling( Book )
15 editions published between 2002 and 2005 in English and Spanish and held by 651 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
The negative portrait of George Orwell's second wife drawn by his biographers is a travesty. Determined to set the record straight, her friend, Hilary Spurling, herself an acclaimed biographer, reveals the whole story of Sonia Orwell's sad and splendid life. - Jacket flap
Invitation to the dance : a guide to Anthony Powell's Dance to the music of time by Hilary Spurling( Book )
8 editions published between 1977 and 2005 in English and held by 572 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
La Grande Thérèse : the greatest scandal of the century by Hilary Spurling( Book )
6 editions published between 2000 and 2001 in English and held by 486 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Thérèse Humbert was the "assumed illegitimate daughter of an American billioniare," but when her hoax was revealed, she spent five years at hard labor. "When she was released from prison, she vanished, and the fantastic story of her life was mostly hushed up, because it had disgraced so many wealthy and important people."--Jacket
Ivy when young; the early life of I. Compton-Burnett, 1884-1919 by Hilary Spurling( Book )
14 editions published between 1974 and 1983 in English and Undetermined and held by 474 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Secrets of a woman's heart : the later life of Ivy Compton-Burnett : 1920-1969 by Hilary Spurling( Book )
14 editions published between 1984 and 1985 in English and Undetermined and held by 365 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Burying the bones : Pearl Buck in China by Hilary Spurling( Book )
13 editions published between 2010 and 2011 in 3 languages and held by 358 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Pearl Buck was raised in China by her American parents, Presbyterian missionaries from Virginia. Blonde and blue-eyed she looked startlingly foreign, but felt as at home as her Chinese companions. She ran free on the grave-littered grasslands behind her house, often stumbling across the tiny bones of baby girls who had been suffocated at birth. Buck's father was a terrifying figure, with a maniacal zeal for religious conversion - a passion rarely shared by the local communities he targeted. He drained the family's budget for his Chinese translation of the New Testament, while his aggrieved, lo
Paul Scott : a life by Hilary Spurling( Book )
11 editions published between 1990 and 1991 in English and held by 313 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Handbook to Anthony Powell's Music of time by Hilary Spurling( Book )
12 editions published between 1976 and 1977 in English and held by 308 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Elinor Fettiplace's receipt book : Elizabethan country house cooking by Hilary Spurling( Book )
6 editions published between 1986 and 1987 in English and held by 289 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
La Grande Therese the Greatest Swindle of the Century by Hilary Spurling( Book )
10 editions published between 1999 and 2010 in English and French and held by 239 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
While writing her biography of Matisse, which won the Whitbread Biography and Book of the Year 2005, Hilary Spurling came across the scandal that nearly destroyed the French Third Republic. Reading like a novella, its plot is a confidence trick of dazzling proportions. Therese Humbert was one of the most conspicuous women of fin-de-siecle Paris. Her astronomical wealth, as the illegitimate daughter of an American billionaire, was known to all and she lived a life of sumptuous extravagance. But it was all a hoax. Finally exposed in 1902, Therese was found to own nothing more than an old trou
The Raj quartet by Paul Scott( Book )
4 editions published in 2007 in English and held by 201 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Four novels covering the period between the Quit India riots of 1942 and the massacres that accompanied independence and partition in 1947 provide insight into the closing years of British rule in India
Pearl Buck in China [journey to The good earth] by Hilary Spurling( Recording )
3 editions published in 2010 in English and held by 149 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
A thrilling portrait of the extraordinary childhood of Pearl Buck, the now-forgotten bestselling Nobel Prize winning novelist and author of The Good Earth
Ann Stokes : artists' potter by Ann Stokes( Book )
2 editions published in 2009 in English and held by 137 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
The Raj quartet : by Paul Scott( Book )
3 editions published in 2007 in English and held by 93 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Contains "The Jewel in the Crown" in which a young Englishwoman, Daphne Manners, and an Indian man, Hari Kumar, are involved in a doomed love affair; and "The Day of the Scorpion" in which a sadistic policeman, Ronald Merrick, who arrested and persecuted Hari, insinuates himself into an aristocratic British family as World War II escalates
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スパーリング, ヒラリー
English (205)
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