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Matisse and Picasso, the comedy of the model

Musée Matisse, Nice


With over 150 works, this substantial exhibition explores the rivalry between Matisse and Picasso by focusing on the two painters’ relationships with their sitters. Taking its title from a concept developed by the French writer Louis Aragon, to characterise the peculiar relationship between artist and model, the exhibition explores the connection each artist made in their work between the transformation of their models through the creative act and the experience of desire. The exhibition includes around 130 works by the two artists, including painting, sculpture and drawings, as well as an opening section of around 50 photographs comparing the two artists at work in their respective studios, which includes works by Brassaï and Henri-Cartier Bresson. Find out more about the Matisse-Picasso exhibition from the Musée Matisse’s website

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Self-portrait, Henri Matisse

Self-portrait (1918), Henri Matisse. © Succession H. Matisse

Bust (study for Les Demoiselles d'Avignon)

Bust (study for Les Demoiselles d’Avignon) (1907), Pablo Picasso. © RMN-Grand Palais (Musée national Picasso-Paris)/René-Gabriel Ojéda


Marguerite, 1907

Marguerite (1907), Henri Matisse. Image © RMN-Grand Palais (Musée national Picasso-Paris)/Mathieu Rabeau

Painter with Palette at his Easel, Pablo Picasso

Painter with Palette at his Easel (1928), Pablo Picasso. © Succession Picasso 2018

The Dream, Henri Matisse

The Dream (1935), Henri Matisse. Photo: © Centre Pompidou, MNAM-CCI, Dist. RMN-Grand Palais/Adam Rzepka

Reclining Women Reading, Pablo Picasso

Reclining Women Reading (1939), Pablo Picasso. © Succession Picasso 2018

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