Matisse and Picasso: A Gentle Rivalry

Detail of L'Asie by Henri Matisse

Matisse and Picasso: A Gentle Rivalry

January 31, 1999 to May 2, 1999

The Kimbell Art Museum, with the support of museums and private collections worldwide, spent three years planning this important exhibition—held exclusively in Fort Worth.

Guest-curated by the distinguished Matisse and Picasso scholar Yve-Alain Bois, Joseph Pulitzer Jr. Professor of Modern Art at Harvard University, Matisse and Picasso: A Gentle Rivalry explored the artistic dialogue that took place between the two greatest masters of the 20th century from 1930 until shortly after Matisse’s death in 1954.

The exhibition presented for the first time several key, visually compelling “rapprochements” of the works of the two artists, providing an understanding of the animated artistic exchange in this period of their careers.

Matisse and Picasso: A Gentle Rivalry was accompanied by a 272-page critical monograph on the subject by Yve-Alain Bois.

Promotional support was provided by the Chase Private Bank. Air transportation was provided by American Airlines.

Caption: Henri Matisse, L'Asie (Asia), detail, 1946, oil on canvas. Kimbell Art Museum.
© Succession H. Matisse, Paris / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York