Review

Matisse & Picasso at the National Gallery of Australia tells the story of a famous rivalry between masters

By Sasha Grishin
Updated December 22 2019 - 10:23pm, first published December 17 2019 - 9:30am
Henri Matisse, Still life with sleeping woman [Nature morte à la dormeuse], 1940. Picture: Supplied.

Exactly 20 years ago, the Kimbell Art Museum in Fort Worth, Texas staged its epic exhibition Matisse and Picasso: A gentle rivalry that examined the work of two of the most prominent artists in 20th century modernism, not in terms of influences and rivalries, but as a complex dialogue - a chess match played out by two of the grand masters of international art.

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