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The Matisse Stories [EPUB] ✸ The Matisse Stories By A.S. Byatt – Thomashillier.co.uk These three stories celebrate the eye even as they reveal its unexpected proximity to the heart For if each of AS Byatt's narratives is in some way inspired by a painting of Henri Matisse each is also These three stories celebrate the eye even as they reveal its unexpected proximity to the heart For if each of AS Byatt's narratives is The Matisse ePUB ½ in some way inspired by a painting of Henri Matisse each is also about the intimate connection between seeing and feeling about the ways in which a glance we meant to be casual may suddenly call forth the deepest reserves of our being Beautifully written intensely observed The Matisse Stories is fiction of spellbinding authorityFull of delight and humorThe Matisse Stories is studded with brilliantly apt images and a fine sense for subtleties of conversation and emotion San Francisco Chronicle.


10 thoughts on “The Matisse Stories

  1. Dolors Dolors says:

    AS Byatt draws inspiration from Matisse’s paintings and removes them from the museums and art exhibitions to export his bright colors and bold simplifications to everyday life in the form of three short stories where narrative visuals and imagination blend effortlessly with the help of her sharp acumen and literary craftsmanshipIn Medusa’s Ankles ageing and the conflicting desire for rejuvenation is linked with Matisse’s painting “Le Nu Rose” which in this story hangs on the wall of a beauty saloon A middle aged woman and neglected wife listens patiently to the dilemmas of her male hairdresser who is forced to choose between his family life or a passionate affair Unforeseeable events trigger a chain of reactions that culminate in a histrionic finale that will amuse and sadden the reader in eual terms In Art Work Byatt uses her most pungent and sarcastic style to bring down the clichéd image of artists as a select elite by introducing a pompous painter and his aspiring writer wife who treat their housemaid condescendingly without realizing that she has secret talents because they have been so immersed in themselves that they miss genuine art even when they have it in front of their noses “Le Silence Habité des Maison” serves as a frame for this cautionary short tale that will draw a satisfied smile on the face of any reader who sees justice doneIn the closing story The Chinese Lobster academic snobbiness surprisingly gives way to a moving meditation on mental illness and suicidal tendencies that plague many artists of sensitive natures uestions are brought up and not fully answered that leave the reader wondering about facts imagination and past wounds that might explain unacceptable behaviors such as sexual harassment The painting “Nymphe et faune” presents the story and “La Porte Noire” serves as an epilogue to introduce a new angle to the whole story Thought provoking and tantalizingByatt manages to fill the gap between highbrow art and everyday life and makes it accessible to everybody in every place Artistic charm is not linked to art galleries but to discerning natures and art is not to be admired from afar but part of the tricky business of navigating the conflicts and dilemmas that heedless and deeply flawed human beings confront over the years We can’t change the color and tonality of our daily circumstances but we can choose the glass through which we look And I have to admit that I uite liked the bright hues and delineated shapes of Byatt’s point of views in these stories


  2. Rowena Rowena says:

    Another wonderful short story collection from Byatt As always her descriptions of everyday life and items are exceptional Having just visited a Matisse exhibition a couple of months ago learning about his paintings and his temperament was very interesting I had no idea Matisse was considered to be a misogynist for example The main theme of this book is of course art pretty fitting as I consider Byatt to be an artist of words She's also a very knowledgeable writer and reading these stories really taught me a lot


  3. Connie G Connie G says:

    Artist Henri Matisse is known for his use of color in his paintings Author AS Byatt uses his art as an inspiration for the three stories in this collection Her colorful descriptions are as vibrant as his painting as she combines artistic themes with those about the human condition Medusa's Ankles features a woman growing old and feeling unattractive and neglected In Art Work two married artists fail to recognize the talent that their housekeeper possesses The Chinese Lobster asks what kind of works can be considered to be art and also touches on mental illness This collection will be enjoyed by readers who love literary fiction 35 stars


  4. Ilana Ilana says:

    Three short stories which have Matisses’s art as a common theme In one of the stories taking place in a hair salon there is a Matisse poster which coordinates with the décors colour scheme In the last story an art student working on her thesis is offended by Matisse’s portrayal of women as objects of desire and rightly or wrongly accuses her male thesis adviser of sexual assault I love Byatt’s work Details meticulously observed both in the outer visual world and the inner workings of the human spirit


  5. Jonfaith Jonfaith says:

    My glibly tossed five stars register an exuisite afternoon as much as this collection of three jewels from Dame Byatt All three caught me unexpected Medusa's Ankle's recalled the lead story in Pulse by Julian Barnes though I could be mistaken perhaps I am thinking of The Lemon Table Oh well the self awareness was piercing Art Work is brillaintly realized work one which may have been a marvelous novel The Chinese Lobster likewise was transportive though it was whispered verse than anything monumental


  6. Rebecca Rebecca says:

    Byatt is my favorite author; I reread this book in one morning sitting last week My memory for individual short stories is pitiful yet I have never forgotten the first of three stories in this volume so I focus on it here with a close rereading In “Medusa’s Ankles” a middle aged woman goes berserk in a hair salon but it all turns out fine I remember imagining what that would be like to let go to behave badly with no thought for others’ opinions to act purely on instinct – and for there to be no conseuencesI’d forgotten all the particulars of the event Susannah a linguist is drawn to the salon by the Rosy Nude reproduction she sees through the window She becomes a reluctant receptacle for her stylist Lucian’s stories including tales of his wife’s fat ankles and his mistress’ greater appeal He confides in her his plan to run away “I don’t want to put the best years of my life into making suburban old dears presentable I want something ”Susannah holds in all her contempt for Lucian and his hip shop redesign until the day he fobs her off on another stylist – even though she’s said she needs an especially careful job this time because she is to appear on TV to accept the Translator’s Medal When Deirdre is done Susannah forgets about English politeness and says just what she thinks “It’s horrible I look like a middle aged woman with a hair do” Never mind that that’s exactly what she isIn a whirlwind of fury she trashes the salon Byatt describes the aftermath indulging her trademark love of colors “It was a strange empty battlefield full of glittering fragments and sweet smelling rivulets and puddles of venous blue and fuchsia red unguents patches of crimson streaked foam and odd intense spills of orange henna or cobalt and copper”You can just imagine the atmosphere in the salon everyone exchanging horrified looks and cautiously approaching Susannah as if she’s a dangerous dog Lucian steps in to reassure her “We all feel like that sometimes Most of us don’t dare The insurance’ll pay Don’t worry You’ve done me a good turn in a way” Maybe he’ll go off with his girlfriend and start a new business after all Predictably the man has made it all about himThe ironic kicker to this perfect story about middle age and female rage comes after Susannah goes home to a husband we hadn’t heard about yet “He saw her Usually he did not ‘You look different You’ve had your hair done I like it You look lovely It takes twenty years off you You should have it done often’”“Art Work” briefly unnecessarily uses a Matisse painting as a jumping off point A bourgeois couple a painter and magazine design editor hire Mrs Brown a black woman to clean their house and are flabbergasted when she turns out to be an artist in her own right “The Chinese Lobster” the final story is the only one explicitly about Matisse An academic dean invites her colleague out to lunch at a Chinese restaurant to discuss a troubled student he’s supervising This young woman has eating disorders and is doing a portfolio of artwork plus a dissertation on Matisse’s treatment of female bodies Her work isn’t up to scratch and now she’s accused her elderly supervisor of sexual harassment The racial and sexual politics of these two stories don’t uite hold up though both are well constructedOriginally published on my blog Bookish Beck


  7. Kelly Wondracek Kelly Wondracek says:

    You don't have to be an expert on Matisse or of art theory to understand and appreciate this rich collection of three stories by AS Byatt In each story Byatt frames a scenario with a Matisse painting in such a way that the story is not about the painting itself but of the characters and they way life is reflected as if looking through a piece of art The prose is lush in color and texture Although art and art history are sprinkled throughout these subjects aren't forced in a dry way and fall naturally into the plotThe most interesting approach in each story deals with the characters' views of art whether they be pretentious curious critical objective or narrow and how those views can affect others In the first Medusa's Ankles an elderly woman sits at her hairstylist as the world flashes before her at an increasingly uncomfortable pace and she tries to grasp fragments of her youth the art is tied in by the paintings on the salon wall The second Art Work deals with a household of artists at different levels this one reuires patience to begin with but once pieces start to fall together it's gripping The third Chinese Lobster presents two points of view of a sexual harassment scenario within a university art department


  8. Ginger Bensman Ginger Bensman says:

    Engaging subtle and always thought provoking A S Byatt is a literary wizard I loved these three loosely threaded together Matisse themed feminist short stories though maybe not uite as much as her Little Black Book of Stories


  9. Deborah Ideiosepius Deborah Ideiosepius says:

    This little book is one I picked up on impulse and I am very glad I gave in to the impulse Three short stories whose only point of similarity is that they each have a mention either brief or extensive of the artist Henri MatisseIn each story a woman in central to the plot; in the first a middle aged academic goes to a hair dresser based on the fact that there is a Matisse Le Nu Rose hanging inside and we then follow her ongoing relationship with the salon and it's proprietor with the salon as a metaphor for her life or so it seemed to meIn the second a woman runs her life family job and artist husband with the assistance of the formidable Mrs Brown who ends up having a secretIn the third a woman waits at her favourite restaurant to meet a visiting academic against whom a complaint has been made by a studentThese are sketches of the backdrops for some beautiful descriptive writing; characters that come across as both complex and complete with their own interesting inner life The plus for me were the links to Matisse but the gorgeous exploration of colour and image especially in the last story made the reading experience much like looking at a painting


  10. Christine Christine says:

    I assigned this book to a reading class The class was all from the inner city and they all enjoyed the stories so much so that even the uiet ones discussed them in class It speaks heavily for Byatt's writing style that her work can connect with students who have such a different background than hers


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