Art Lovers Book Club: The Art of Rivalry by Sebastian Smee

The Art of Rivalry by Sebastian Smee

A famous portrait of Francis Bacon brazenly stolen off a museum wall. Manet stabbing through an image of his wife painted for him by Degas. Lucian Freud declining a wedding invitation because he found himself “in the unusual position of having been involved sexually not only with the bride but also the groom and the groom’s mother.”

Juicy details like these dot a new book by the Pulitzer Prize-winning art critic Sebastian Smee. But Mr. Smee is ultimately after something more subtle — though no less gripping — in “The Art of Rivalry,” a study of the creative tensions embedded in four separate friendships between artists — Manet and Degas, Matisse and Picasso, de Kooning and Pollock, and Freud and Bacon — and the effect of those tensions on their art and the Modernist movement as a whole. – The New York Times

Art Lovers Book Club is held at the Lemon Art Research Library. Space is extremely limited, RSVP required. 

Participants must read the book in advance. Please inform of any cancellations.


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