The Missing Matisse: A Memoir - eBook
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Vendor: Tyndale Momentum
Publication Date: 2016
Born into a famous family, Pierre Matisse grew up immersed in the art world of Paris and the French Riviera, spending time with some of the most famous artists of the twentieth century. The man he knew as his grandfather, legendary artist Henri Matisse, encouraged Pierre from a young age, creating a strong desire in him to become a great artist in his own right.
Being a Matisse was an important part of young Pierres identity. So he was crushed and bewildered when, at the outbreak of WWII, that identity was suddenly snatched from him with no explanation.
So began Pierres lifelong search to solve the mystery of who he really was, a quest that forms the intriguing backdrop to this memoir of a fascinating and adventurous life on three continents. Spanning the insider art world of 1930s Paris, the battles of WWII, the occupation of France by the Nazis, Pierres involvement with the French resistance, his post-war work restoring art and historical monuments, and his eventual decision to create a new life in North America, The Missing Matisse is a story of intrigue, faith, and drama as Pierre journeys to discover the truthâ·before its too late.
Pierre Henri Matisse was born in Paris in 1928. Brought up as the grandson of Henri Matisse, Pierre spent his childhood among some of the most famous artists of the twentieth century, including Pablo Picasso and Salvador Dali.
During WWII, Pierre and his father, Jean Matisse, were heavily involved in French underground activities, wanted by the Nazis for their efforts in aiding the British spies and saboteurs. When the war ended, Pierre worked in the restoration of the art and historical monuments in France that were damaged by the war.
Now a citizen of the United States, Pierre is best known as The American Matisse, the Artist of Freedom and Love. He is devoted to childrens causes and has given or created pieces to help organizations such as Project Hope, The American Red Cross, numerous childrens hospitals, missions organizations, and rescue programs around the world.
Pierre and his wife, Jeanne, live in Florida.
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tickmenotKansas CityGender: female5 Stars Out Of 5Rubbing Shoulders with Famous Artists, Fighting Nazis, and Finding GodJanuary 2, 2017tickmenotKansas CityGender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Imagine growing up in France while it is occupied by the Nazis during World War II. Or perhaps imagine growing up rubbing shoulders with some of the most famous artists of the 20th century such as Henri Matisse, Pablo Picasso and Salvador Dali. Pierre Matisse experienced both those scenarios, plus a whole lot more, and this is the true story of his fascinating life.
Pierre's family was artistic on both his mother and father's sides, and Henri Matisse was his grandfather. When the war began, Pierre's affluent father Jean Matisse, known as Papa, took part in a lot of dangerous, underground activities. Even though Pierre was very young at the war's outbreak, his Papa began including Pierre in many of the clandestine pursuits. As the war stretched on, and daily food became scarce, Pierre took on even more hazardous work in order to eat. He also describes what it was like when the allies arrived in France and started freeing villages, including the one he was living in.
When Pierre was still a child, he received some shocking information. He was told that Jean Matisse was not actually his father, that his last name was Leroy, and he should use that name from then on. Meeting his grandparents from the Leroy family literally saved his life. However, Pierre relates the negative effects the name change had on him, and that it continued for decades.
Pierre recounts his journey to knowing God in a personal way, and how he was ultimately baptized by Willie Robertson of Duck Dynasty television fame. He tells of the surprising friendship that developed between himself and the Robertson family because of his wife's chance viewing of an episode of the show.
Getting a view of World War II through the eyes of a child growing up during occupied France, who also worked with the resistance, gives the reader a unique picture of that time period. He and his family lived through, and survived, many perilous incidents--clearly a case of God having His hand on them. Pierre's memoir of his interesting life is very easy to read. The uplifting journey he made to God is both encouraging and heartwarming, as well as, an answer to his wife's prayers. I recommend this five-star volume to anyone who likes true life stories, World War II tales, or books written from a Christian perspective.
Tyndale House Publishing has provided bookreadingtic with a complimentary copy of The Missing Matisse: A Memoir, for the purpose of review. I have not been compensated in any other manner. All opinions expressed are my own, and I was not required, or influenced, to give anything but an honest appraisal. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commissions 16 CFR, Part 255.
SemmieAge: 35-44Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5A Tale of Identity & SurvivalNovember 14, 2016SemmieAge: 35-44Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5The Missing Matisse is a lovely memoir written by Pierre Henri Matisse, the grandson of famous artist Henri Matisse.
The memoir, which largely focuses on the childhood and World War II years of Pierre, is a story of courage and creation. It also deals with the pain of ostracism and finding ones identity. And it is, in essence, a love story to God revealing how God was always in Pierres life, even before he truly came to a personal relationship with Him.
Written very much like a fiction novel, a great portion of Matisses memoir offers the perspective of Pierre as a young child and teen-ager, and his experience of WWII, including underground secret missions. Young Pierre was precocious and full of mischief, a free spirit who sought out adventure. But its exactly these characteristics that helped get survive the war, as well as his military service in Northern Africa after WWII.
Throughout the book, and therefore throughout his life, he also constantly fought with the concept of his own identity, especially after being forced to change his last name from Matisse to Leroy as a child.
The remainder of the book deals with his move to Canada and eventually the United States, and how steps in his life eventually brought him to the place where he knew he needed a personal relationship with Jesus.
Matisse begins each chapter with personal illustrations reflecting that chapters topic, and the book also contains photos from as early as his childhood to the present.
The Missing Matisse is a fabulous memoir. It is a great book for anyone who enjoys autobiographies, World War II and historical books, art history, spy stories, and just a good tale in general. Its an inspiring story.
Five stars out of five.
Tyndale House Publishers provided this complimentary copy for my honest, unbiased review.
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