Matisse and Picasso

On display at the National Gallery of Australia, Canberra, until 13 April

Matisse and Picasso: Arts greatest rivals together in Australia for the first time.

Together they charted a new course for modern European art in the 20th Century – and for the first time Australian audiences will be able to see the worl of two of history’s greatest artistic rivals side by side at the National Gallery of Australia.

This exhibition traces the turbulent relationship of Henri Matisse and Pablo Picasso from its early days during the belle epoque heyday of Paris, through their decades of jockeying for artistic ascendancy. This enduring symbiosis continued after Matisse’s death in 1954 as Picasso’s remembrance for his friend continued to reveal itself in his art.

Curated by the National Gallery of Australia’s Head of International Art, Dr Jane Kinsman, Matisse and Picasso draws on more than 200 paintings, sculptures, drawings, prints, illustrated books and costumes to tell a story of these two masters never-before-told in Australia.

The exhibition brings together numerous works are rarely seen together – made possible through the generosity of more than 20 private and institutional lenders, including institutions in Europe, the United States, the United Kingdom, South America and Australia including Musee Picasso, Paris, Tate, London and the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, as well as private lenders in Australia, England and France. It also draws on the National Gallery’s extensive collection of Matisse and Picasso.

Information courtesy of NGA.

Image: Henri Matisse Plaster figure, bouquet of flowers [Le Torse de plâtre, bouquet de fleurs] 1919 Purchase, 1958 Museu de Arte de Sao Paulo Assis Chateaubriand © Succession H. Matisse/Copyright Agency

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