Saturday, July 26, 2008


Les Demoiselles d'Avignon
Pablo Picasso
Henri Matisse

THE last great confrontation between Henri Matisse and Pablo Picasso in London took place at the Victoria & Albert Museum in 1945. "I can just imagine the gallery with my pictures down one side and his on the other," wrote Matisse. "How solemn (if not stuffy - at any rate to some) I'm going to look alongside his pyrotechnics. Still, I'll have to go through with it. I've always told myself justice will be done some day." Read more


  1. "How solemn (if not stuffy - at any rate to some) I'm going to look alongside his pyrotechnics"

    oh I don't know--one has more sharp curves and cubes in it but those two pictures you show look about the same to me--naked ladies galore.

  2. Your reaction is probably not unlike that of many people upon first viewing these two paintings. Now everyone goes "oooooooooh, aaaaaaaaaah", including me. :-)

  3. These two are in my small pantheon of artists who created with the simplicity and directness of children - something I'd like to do eventually. I think Picasso's inner child never lost the upper hand. Matisse had to rediscover his and allow it to resume control. His work seems to me to get better and closer to the heart of things as he aged. I love his paper cuttings.

    Calder, Klee, Hundertwasser, Nolde come immediately to mind as others with a childlike approach - there are only a handful, really. Simple isn't easy.

    I hope your time at MoMA was all you wished.

  4. Steve,
    How do you add links to the comments box here? I don't see any way to do it.

    I wanted to show a photo of a sculpture of found objects called Head, by Picasso. I saw it at MoMA and photographed it but the photo doesn't do it justice.

    Anyway, the child-like aspect of Picasso's work is so evident in this piece of sculpture. It's not pretty but shows such originality and whimsy and that child-like quality that he maintained so well...the older I get the more I appreciate his genius.

    If you're interested:

  5. Yup - that's typical of his whimsical genius - thanks for the link; Ive never seen this one. I love his line drawings of bulls, too. Something about his work always reminds me of giant chalk drawings by kids.

    To do the links inside a comment I just hand type the html speak for it. Maybe you already know the href tag set, but just in case, I'll detail it below. I have to name the tag punctuation, though, or Blogger will turn it into html and won't show it. And I'm gonna put commas between some items, but there are no commas in the html unless they are part of the URL.
    less-than-sign,a,space,href="then-you-copy-the-URL -of-the-link-here",greater-than-sign,space,then-your-text-that-will-be-the-link-in-blue,space,less-than-sign,/a,greater-than-sign.

    The link has to be inside double quotes.

  6. It cut my comment off (because there are no spaces, I think) just like the link in yours. But I could still copy all of your link (beyond what I could see) using the keyboard. I imagine you can see my whole comment on your admin page...

  7. -a href=

  8. this is how it turned out. i'm not a quick study, I guess. :-)


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