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Spurling, Hilary

Overview
Works: 115 works in 406 publications in 5 languages and 13,642 library holdings
Genres: Biography  Fiction  History  Exhibition catalogs  Criticism, interpretation, etc  Dictionaries  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 )

20 editions published between 2005 and 2007 in English and Chinese and held by 1,965 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 )

57 editions published between 1990 and 2008 in 4 languages and held by 1,903 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
Paul Scott : a life of the author of the Raj quartet by Hilary Spurling( Book )

17 editions published between 1990 and 1991 in English and held by 959 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Ivy, the life of I. Compton-Burnett by Hilary Spurling( Book )

14 editions published between 1984 and 1995 in English and held by 877 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 816 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
The girl from the Fiction Department : a portrait of Sonia Orwell by Hilary Spurling( Book )

16 editions published between 2002 and 2005 in 3 languages and held by 637 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 )

9 editions published between 1977 and 2005 in English and held by 563 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

La Grande Thérèse : the greatest scandal of the century by Hilary Spurling( Book )

7 editions published between 2000 and 2001 in English and held by 473 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 )

20 editions published between 1974 and 1983 in English and Undetermined and held by 472 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Secrets of a woman's heart : the later life of Ivy Compton-Burnett : 1920-1969 by Hilary Spurling( Book )

15 editions published between 1984 and 1985 in English and Undetermined and held by 366 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Burying the bones : Pearl Buck in China by Hilary Spurling( Book )

12 editions published between 2010 and 2011 in English and Undetermined and held by 326 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Beschrijving van de periodes uit het leven van de Amerikaanse schrijfster (1892-1973) waarin ze in China woonde--Résumé de l'éditeur
Handbook to Anthony Powell's Music of time by Hilary Spurling( Book )

12 editions published between 1976 and 1977 in English and held by 303 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Elinor Fettiplace's receipt book : Elizabethan country house cooking by Hilary Spurling( Book )

7 editions published between 1986 and 1987 in English and held by 288 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Madame Cézanne by Dita Amory( Book )

3 editions published in 2014 in English and held by 240 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Paul Cézanne's (1839-1906) portraits of Hortense Fiquet (1850-1922), his wife and the subject of some of his most iconic portraits, rank among the most powerful of their kind in French modernism. Yet, posterity has not been kind to Madame Cézanne. She was called a distraction, blamed for her husband's "lackluster" landscapes, and disdained for her impenetrable expression in the paintings. The reality is more complex, for while Fiquet may not have been the passion of Cézanne's lifetime, she was a willing accomplice, as model, mother of his only son, and unwavering partner against all odds. Madame Cézanne examines this unique relationship within the context of Cézanne as a painter, draftsman, and portraitist, and sheds light on the personal relationship between artist and muse. Featuring all 28 of Cézanne's oil portraits of Fiquet and most of the known drawings, Madame Cézanne both corrects, with insight and compassion, the long-held misconceptions about the Cézannes' unconventional marriage, and shows how Cézanne's portraits of his wife provide a lens through which to better understand his overall technique"--Publisher's website
The Raj quartet by Paul Scott( Book )

4 editions published in 2007 in English and held by 209 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 153 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 138 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The Raj quartet : by Paul Scott( Book )

3 editions published in 2007 in English and held by 95 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
La grande Therese : the greatest swindle of the century by Hilary Spurling( Book )

10 editions published between 2000 and 2010 in English and French and held by 55 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 trouser
 
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Alternative Names
Hilary Spurling britische Journalistin, Schriftstellerin und Biographin

Hilary Spurling British writer, journalist and biographer, 2005 Whitbread Book Awards winner, 1967 Rose Mary Crawshay Prize winner

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Languages
English (223)

German (6)

French (6)

Spanish (3)

Chinese (1)

Covers
The unknown Matisse : a life of Henri Matisse, the early years, 1869-1908Pearl Buck in China : journey to The good earthMatisse, his art and his textiles : the fabric of dreamsThe girl from the Fiction Department : a portrait of Sonia OrwellInvitation to the dance : a guide to Anthony Powell's Dance to the music of timeLa Grande Thérèse : the greatest scandal of the centuryBurying the bones : Pearl Buck in ChinaThe Raj quartet