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All things considered, there is only Matisse. “ Picasso Picasso and Matisse met in 1906. Continued a very close personal and professional friendship and collaboration until Matisse’s death in 1954. One’s work influenced the other, and they engaged in lifelong conversations. Twice their work was even exhibited together—1918 in Paris and 1945 in London—the last years of World War I and World War II, in capital cities embroiled in the wars. They were inexorably linked then and their reputations still are to this day. Driven by his rivalry with Matisse, the true master of drawing. Picasso’s need to be the best in the world propelled the quality of his art to an unrivaled visual elegance and sophistication .

• Question of quality is virtually moot with respect to Picasso’s work • His ceaseless experimentation • Picasso’s work raises the bar because he had a self-imposed standard, an enduring demand to always strive for perfection • Picasso was a revolutionary who would never settle for mediocrity. Quality of his art will remain for centuries because it embodies the three most important characteristics of a successful work of art: Mystery, Ambiguity and Contradiction. • Often for Picasso, less is more. In the Economy of Line in his graphic work, Picasso creates masterpieces of a quality that cannot be denied.

• The most innovative printmaker, sculptor and painter of the 20 th century • Universally considered the single-most-important artist of influence over entire 20 th century • Greatest creator and destroyer of form in the entire history of Western Art • Did not just take up a medium; he mastered and perfected it and then transformed it by taking it to technical and creative potentials until then unrealized

First Communion— Aged 14-15

Picasso was precocious artist. In a technical sense as much a prodigy to art as Mozart was to music.

Le Picador—Aged 9


Mozart—Aged 7

Picasso—Aged 10

. . . at 15 I painted like Velazquez, and it took me 80 years to paint like a child. “

Picasso created the Cubist movement which essentially broke down all three- dimensional expressions into their basic geometric foundations. He took Cubism to its logical conclusion by parting a piece of oilcloth onto the canvas. This was a key breaking point in Modern Art: by incorporating a piece of three-dimensional, real-world material onto the canvas, Picasso opened the world of art to new perspectives and avenues of exploration.

Tête de Femme au Chapeau/Paysage avec Baigneurs , 1962


Picador and Bull in 1959

Desmoiselles d'Avignon (1907)

Masters of—and for—the Ages

For any graphic work, the Cranach is the most important color print ever made- it is Picasso’s testament to the graphic medium and a cornerstone of Modern Art. Every act of creation is first an act of destruction. “

15 th Century — Michelangelo (David) 17 th Century — Rembrandt (The Night Watch) 20 th Century — Picasso (Guernica)

Henri Matisse, Portrait of Madame Matisse (The Green Stripe) (1906)

Henri Matisse, Open Window, Collioure (1905)

Pablo Picasso, Still life in a window in St-Raphael (1919)

Pablo Picasso, Portrait of Max Jacob (1907)


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