Matisse and Picasso

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Flammarion, Jan 1, 2001 - Art - 271 pages
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Fiercely competitive, Matisse and Picasso engaged in one of the most formidable artistic dialogues of this century. The intense beginning of the relationship between the two artists - from the time they met in 1906 until 1917, when Matisse left for Nice - has already been amply studied, but their continuous exchange during the second part of their careers has never been examined in detail. In Matisse and Picasso, Yve-Alain Bois stages the intertwined evolution of the two giants of modern art as if it were an ongoing game of chess between two masters. As Joachim Pissarro points out in the foreword of this volume, Matisse and Picasso's dense plot and rich narrative make this work read more like a suspense novel than a traditional art history treatise. Bois' thoroughly researched historical demonstration is supported by striking visual juxtapositions of works by the two artists brought together here for the first time, making this long-awaited study a major contribution to the history of twentieth-century art.

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Bois's (modern art, Harvard Univ.) well-argued thesis that Matisse, the sensual observer, and Picasso, the structuralist, had each other "in mind" when creating many paintings and sculptures redefines ... Read full review



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Yve-Alain Bois is the Joseph Pulitzer, Jr., Professor of Modern Art at Harvard University. He has written extensively on twentieth-century art, from Matisse and Picasso to post-war American art, particularly Minimal art. A collection of his essays, Painting as a Model, has been published by M.I.T. Press (1990). He coorganized the 1994-5 retrospective of Piet Mondrian in the Hague, Washington, and New York. In 1996, he curated the exhibition "L'informe, mode d'emploi" with Rosalind Krauss at the Centre Georges Pompidou in Paris. The book accompanying this exhibition has recently been published in English under the title Formless: A User's Guide (Zone Books, 1997). Among other projects, he is currently preparing the catalogue raisonné of Barnett Newman.

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