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Hilary Spurling on Matisse

'For all of the painters I knew when I was young, Matisse was a god'

Hilary Spurling, Whitbread award-winning biographer of Henri Matisse, invites TateShots into her London home. She describes how she came to realise Matisse was not just a painter who had a profound influence on the art of the second half of the 20th century, but was also ‘an extraordinary human being’ who ‘sacrificed absolutely everything for his art’.

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