An Intimate Look at the Dramas that Fueled Great Art

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Spanish artist Pablo Picasso (1881 - 1973) with a portrait of Henri Matisse at his Madoura pottery workshop in Vallauris, France, 1948.

Pulitzer Prize-winning art critic Sebastian Smee reveals how competitive relationships fueled creativity in four pairs of artists — Manet and Degas, Picasso and Matisse, Pollock and de Kooning, Freud and Bacon — in his new book, The Art of Rivalry: Four Friendships, Betrayals, and Breakthroughs in Modern Art