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Matisse and Picasso: The Story of Their Rivalry and Friendship (Icon Editions) Paperback – May 4, 2004
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"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
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I found this book to be much more exciting then typical biographies that include all the boring parts of people's lives. Here you get all the interesting parts with all the boring parts left out. I read every word and recommend the book without reservation. In fact, I believe every art student needs to read this book, every artist, every art affictionado.
Matisse and Picasso were highly sensitive, subjective and complex artists unusually reactive to moods, people and events, thus rendering themselves and their feelings onto the canvas. Picasso, an artist of "ruthless egotism" whose art was highly derivative of others, comes off as more dependent on Matisse than Matisse on Picasso, yet Picasso far more recognized and celebrated than Matisse. As elegant as Flam is in his presentation, he seems to inch towards a preference to Matisse while cleverly observing that the public often judges paintings with its ears rather than its eyes.Read more ›
I bought the paperback edition. Sadly, the illustrations not only were all black and white, but were so small and poorly printed that details mentioned by Mr. Flam were impossible to discern. I used books I already own, as well as the internet, to locate copies of the particular works and actually see what the points he was making were. The work deserves far better than these sub par illustrations. I hope the hard cover edition does a better job.
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This is a must read before visiting the Matisse and Picasso museums in southern France.Published 4 months ago by Amazon Customer
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 on December 1, 2013 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