"If only everything that Matisse
and I did (in 1906-08) could be put side by side. Nobody ever looked at
Matisse's work as thoroughly as I did. And he at mine"
These two painters of the Twentieth Century influenced each from the start,
and their relationship grew into one of the greatest creative rivalries
the world has ever seen. This is the story of that relationship, from
its beginnings in the salons of Paris and under the auspices of Gertrude
Stein, through the rise of both their reputations. It looks at the forces
and circumstances which shaped them, as well as the way in which each
artist affected the other - artistically and personally.
Picasso has been seen as the foremost artist of the century, but Matisse's
work is being reappraised. Picasso might have been the cannier self-publicist,
the one with an eye for changing fashions, in painting and politics, but
was Matisse simply a better painter?
Side by Side is a fascinating and accessible narrative about the period
encompassing the birth of modern art, through the eyes of two of its most