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Matisse and Picasso Paperback – February 24, 1992


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Anchor; 1st Anchor Books ed edition (February 24, 1992)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0385422415
  • ISBN-13: 978-0385422413
  • Product Dimensions: 10 x 7.3 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #114,626 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

In Gilot's wonderfully intimate, captivating memoir, Matisse, whom she greatly admired as kindred soul and fellow painter, seems to be the force holding together her roller-coaster relationship with Picasso. Her stormy eight-year alliance with "bombastic introvert" Picasso, which yielded two children--a tale fully told in her Life with Picasso --is recapitulated here without a trace of bitterness. Gilot throws a floodlight on the dynamics of the Matisse-Picasso symbiosis, wherein each artist continually challenged the other to transcend aesthetic taboos. Partly a valentine to a bygone Paris, her narrative also fills in the early years of Matisse and Picasso, with telling glimpses of Colette, Giacometti, Cocteau, Braque, Gertrude Stein, Juan Gris and many others. The book is charmingly illustrated with paintings, graphics and photographs. First serial to Lear's and Art & Antiques.
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From Library Journal

With charm and grace, Gilot draws a warm, touching portrait of two larger-than-life figures in modern art. The friendship between these masters--composed of both respect and rivalry, gestures of generosity and pangs of jealousy--is presented with the clarity and immediacy of one who was both participant and observer. An accomplished artist herself, the author writes knowledgeably about the pair's creative activity, interaction, and relationships with other important figures of the time. This is not analytic art history but a candid memoir of personal experience, much like Gilot's Life with Picasso ( LJ 11/15/64). Unpublished letters, informal photographs, and illustrations complete this "double portrait," an intimate and fascinating insight into the lives of two celebrated but very human men. Highly recommended.
- Paula Frosch, Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York
Copyright 1990 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Artist Barbara Garro on September 23, 2004
Format: Hardcover
Francoise Gilot, who spent eight years as one of Picasso's women, wrote of the friendship of these two artists in a way that allows a reader to step back in time and be there. How I felt privileged so many times to be able to understand the nuances of the friendship of two so different men connected by their avid passion for art and the world in which their art lived at the time. Their mutual love of art and mutual will to push the art envelope, to use today's term, forced them into a push-pull competition that flowed through the book like a creek, sometimes dry, sometimes overflowing its banks.

Imagine learning the story from the actual words of the artists, in their own chronological time-frames.

"Matisse & Picasso, A friendship in Art" has it all, straight from an intimate who was there for eight years and, like his other women, watched from the sidelines afterwards. This book allows you to understand why "once-Picasso, always Picasso" became a mantra for so many women. And you will be treated to illustrations of paintings, graphics and photographs.

When the book ended, I was as sorry as Picasso that their friendship ended with death and, in a small way, felt a bit lonely in finishing the book, like Picasso's women, wanting more, much more than was available to me.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Ricardo Mena Cuevas on February 7, 2012
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Mrs Gilot is one of my happy recent discoveries.

On her biography on Picasso's years I thought
she may be partial or something worse.

But in that work and in this, Gilot is a critic
as good as anyone I have found on Matisse.

Love it. I want more books from her pen.
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By sal sidner on September 25, 2014
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THE LISTING OMMITTED TO MENTION THE DEDICATION WRITTEN ON THE INSIDE PAGE, BUT OTHERWISE THIS WAS A GREAT BUY. GILOT'S THOUGHTFUL ANALYSES, AND REMINISCENCES EVOKED THE TWO MASTERS AND THEIR TIMES TOGETHER IN A POWERFUL AND PERSONAL WAY. GILOT DID NOT OVERWHELM WITH HER OWN PERSONALITY, AND I GAINED INSIGHT INTO HER OWN EARLY PROCESS AS AN ARTIST CONFRONTED BY THESE 2 GREAT TALENTS.
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