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Matisse Picasso Hardcover – September 15, 2002

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ISBN-13: 978-0870700088 ISBN-10: 0870700081 Edition: First Edition

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It may have been obvious at the time, but the fact that the two (arguably) greatest painters of the 20th century exchanged ideas fluidly, obliquely and prolifically comes as a shock when put as starkly as in this catalogue and the international blockbuster exhibition it accompanies. The authors, eminent curators all, put together the exhibition (currently hanging at New York's Museum of Modern Art) and contribute a total of 34 short essays contrasting particular works and exploring the currents of the two men's mutual influence, including fauvism and cubism. Matisse's Le bonheur de vivre (1905-6) cemented itself in Picasso's mind from their first meeting, and would "reverberate in Picasso's imagination throughout his life," writes Golding. Varnedoe notes the influence of Matisse's Goldfish and Palette on Picasso's 1915 Harlequin, recalling how a dealer said that Matisse declared that his goldfish had "led to" the other man's harlequin. Unfortunately, an indifferent layout and setting of the text takes some of the charge out of the comparisons-a problem that extends to the flat-seeming cover. And a fairly big chunk of Picasso's oeuvre may look dated to many readers, particularly in comparing his late drawings with Matisse's cut-outs. But the mini-essays are of high quality, and anyone who cares about 20th century art will want to be able to trace the overt and covert steals and competitions chronicled here, as well as the often warm personal relationship.
Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information, Inc.

About the Author

Anne Baldassari is Curator at the Musée Picasso, Paris.

Elizabeth Cowling is Senior Curator at the Department of Fine Art, University of Edinburgh.

John Elderfield is Chief Curator at Large at The Museum of Modern Art, New York.

John Golding is a freelance art historian based in London.

Isabelle Monod-Fontaine is Deputy Director at the Musée national d'art moderne/Centre Pompidou, Paris.

Kirk Varnedoe, formerly Chief Curator of the Department of Painting and Sculpture at The Museum of Modern Art, New York, is Professor of Historical Studies at the Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton University.

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 368 pages
  • Publisher: The Museum of Modern Art, New York; First Edition edition (September 15, 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0870700081
  • ISBN-13: 978-0870700088
  • Product Dimensions: 12.5 x 10 x 1.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,117,363 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By C. L Wilson on July 20, 2004
Format: Hardcover
Huge, very heavy book of almost 400 pages. Wonderful reproductions in color of their work, and, for the most part, easily understood prose. I think I learned a lot. I know I learned that I like Picasso better than Matisse, whom I found to be basically cold and severe, too intellectual in his art. How he was personally this book does not say. You do get a little more sense of Picasso than Matisse. The book focuses on how these two artists played off each other's work almost all their artistic lives. And as such, it definitely succeeds. It was actually printed in conjunction with a major exhibition of these two, in Paris, London, and New York. A must for all art lovers.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Reich Claude on April 8, 2007
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A blockbuster exhibition and a blockbuster catalogue. This book is hugely informative, very well organized, chronologically, with a constant comparison of both masters. Every masterpiece by Picasso is followed by one by Matisse and vice-versa. It is a break-through study on the mutual influence of both artists, an attempt once tried by the critic Yves-Alain Bois with less success. This book is required material for any arts library. The authors are all authorities in this particular field and vouch for the quality of the accompanying text.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Jim C. on February 13, 2013
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Like this book but it seems a little far-reaching in the authors descriptions of the artists purpose while describing comparative illustrations. It is interesting however and terrifically illustrated. There aren't many pics that aren't already published in many other books written about these artists. Still, I find the detailed comparisons about, and communications to-and-from Picasso and Matisse to be endlessly interesting. Thoughtful point of view.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Dee Girl on October 31, 2013
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I have checked this book out of the library numerous times. I am into painting and these tableaus inspire me. This was a wonderful price for this book that I received in excellent condition. Thank you
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