Matisse and Picasso

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Matisse and Picasso
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Dec 01, 2021 Dec 01, 2021 1440 Matisse and Picasso Brought to you by Barnes Foundation + Gather
Dec 1, 2021
11:00 am

This course explores one of the most important relationships in the history of art: the friendly rivalry between Henri Matisse and Pablo Picasso. Both painters are credited with shaping the future of modern art in the early 20th century—Matisse with his jarring arrangements of color, and Picasso with his devastating fracturing of the visual field. But neither artist developed his ideas in a vacuum. Rather, each was keenly aware of what the other was doing—absorbing, bristling, and reacting on canvas in a kind of game that Matisse once described as a “boxing match.” Focusing on 8 major paintings in the Barnes collection that represent key moments in the artists’ early careers, we will explore this seminal dialogue that changed the very idea of what painting should be. This course takes place on-site, in the Barnes collection, and also allows online enrollment. All students may participate in class discussions.

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The mission of the Barnes is to promote the advancement of education and the appreciation of the fine arts and horticulture. Our founder, Dr. Albert C. Barnes, believed that art had the power to improve minds and transform lives. Our diverse educational programs are based on his teachings and one-of-a-kind collections. Philadelphia art collector Albert C. Barnes (1872–1951) chartered the Barnes Foundation in 1922 to teach people from all walks of life how to look at art. Over three decades, he collected some of the world’s most important impressionist, post-impressionist, and modern paintings, including works by Renoir, Cézanne, Matisse, and Picasso. He displayed them alongside African masks, native American jewelry, Greek antiquities, and decorative metalwork. Dr. Barnes was a strong supporter of progressive education and social justice, and he worked closely with black communities in the belief that people—like art—should not be segregated.
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