The Missing Matisse: A Memoir

The Missing Matisse: A Memoir

by Pierre H. Matisse

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781496413833
Publisher: Tyndale House Publishers
Publication date: 11/01/2016
Pages: 352
Sales rank: 693,227
Product dimensions: 6.30(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.10(d)

About the Author

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 century, including Pablo Picasso and Salvador Dali. During World War II, 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 damaged by the war in France. Now a citizen of the United States, he is an artist who has given or created commissioned pieces to help organizations such as Project Hope, the American Red Cross, numerous children's hospitals, and many others.


Jean Brassard is a theater and television actor, singer, voice-over, talent, audiobook narrator, and writer. He is the winner of an AudioFile Earphones Award.

Table of Contents

Introduction ix

Prologue: Four Colors, Tragedy, and Adventures

1 Father and Son 1

2 Contraband, Pirates, Sardines, and Stars 11

3 Tata 19

4 Black Clouds on the Horizon 33

5 A Funny War 45

6 Les Boches Are Coming 53

7 The Big Bang 65

8 Never Give In! 73

9 A Lull in the Storm 85

10 Farewell to the Suitcase 95

11 A Perfect Student 107

12 Dreams and Creations 119

13 Adventures on the High Seas 127

14 A Dark Stormy Night 133

15 Hunger at the Dining Table 145

16 Curfew à L'Italienne 151

17 Detour to Paris 159

18 Mountains and Maquisards 165

19 Nightmare by Daylight 177

20 Is He or Isn't lie? 187

21 Good-bye, Paris; Hello, Normandy 201

22 June 6, 1944: Normandie 209

23 Spitfires, Shrapnel, and All That Jazz 221

24 Kaput 229

25 Interlude 241

26 Rite of Passage 249

27 Algerian Holiday 255

28 Only a Mother's Heart 267

29 O Canada 273

30 Art, Interpol, and Uncle Sam 287

31 What's Up 297

32 Identity 307

33 Revelations 319

Acknowledgments 333

Endnotes 334

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The Missing Matisse: A Memoir 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
tickmenot More than 1 year ago
Rubbing Shoulders with Famous Artists, Fighting Nazis, and Finding God Imagine 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 Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255.
SemmieWise More than 1 year ago
“The 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 one’s identity. And it is, in essence, a love story to God … revealing how God was always in Pierre’s life, even before he truly came to a personal relationship with Him. Written very much like a fiction novel, a great portion of Matisse’s 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 it’s 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 chapter’s 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. It’s an inspiring story. Five stars out of five. Tyndale House Publishers provided this complimentary copy for my honest, unbiased review.