Timed to coincide roughly with the opening of the blockbuster Matisse-Picasso exhibition's third and final stop, at New York's MoMA QNS (February-May), this volume examines the enmity and amity between the 20th century's two greatest painters, mostly as evidenced by their art. Despite the subtitle, Flam, who brilliantly edited Robert Smithson: The Collected Writings, is much less interested in the endlessly chronicled lives of his subjects than in the work; sentences like "When Matisse returned from Morocco that spring, he was full of turbulent emotions, and he created some of his most memorable and original works" simply serve as transitions to the next phase of work-on which Flam is terrific. In one passage, he finds the word "NON" ("a symmetrical word that asserts its negation in both directions") painted into the window grillwork between the husband-and-wife of Matisse's 1912 Conversation-a word that had been showing up in Picasso's work for the previous year. Flam locates similarly productive appropriations and reappropriations between the two painters over the years, so that anyone standing in line for the exhibition in Queens will profit from at least flipping through this direct, jargon-free study.
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"...an in-depth and perceptive look at the artists' friends, women, paintings, gossip, and mutual obsession. Recommended for all art collections." -- Library Journal
"Brilliantly details the strange union of this very odd couple." -- The Seattle Times
"[Flam] conveys his impressive insights without the high-flown gobbledygook that sometimes infests art criticism." -- January Magazine
I could not read pass page 20. The silly way the personal information is provided. The poor quality of the writing. None of the pictures were in color but black and white. Read morePublished 21 months ago by Tonin
A great side-by-side history of, arguably, the two artists most responsible for modern art. The story is told chronologically, going back and forth between both painters' lives,... Read morePublished on July 8, 2013 by GTO
though their lives and personalities were quite dissimilar its all too fine to illustrate comparisons. Read morePublished on February 7, 2013 by Gedas Paskauskas
I am using iPad version of Kindle that can display colors.
This book is also an art book, and displaying the arts in black and white
is meaningless. Read more
If this be gossip, then it is the best kind. Engaging account of the rivalry/synergy of Matisse and Picasso and the interactions over half a century, with a Gertrude Stein introit... Read morePublished on October 4, 2003 by John C. Landon