IMAGE: Le bonheur de vivre, Matisse & Les Demoiselles d'Avignon, Picasso

Marie Chrétien returns with another powerful and insightful installement of her art lecture Matisee and Picasso

Henri Matisse and Pablo Picasso... rivals? friends? The 50-year relationship between two of the most famous and influential artists of Modern Art, was definitely complex, wavering between rivalry or mockery at times, but was also based on a true artistic brotherhood. 

They may have been "as different as the North and South Pole" according to Matisse, but each one recognised the other as his only true rival and a measure of his own success. When Matisse died, Picasso said "No one has ever looked at Matisse's painting more carefully than I; and no one has looked at mine more carefully than he". He also added: "In order to grasp 20th century art, you ought to see side by side everything Matisse and I were doing".

This video conference talk sheds light on the different approaches adopted by Matisse and Picasso, as well as the surprising intersections between their artistic practices.

The talk is structured around two sessions of 30minutes each (with additional 15mn for Q&As) and is delivered in both French and English.



Marie has a keen interest in Art, having graduated from Sydney University with a Master of Art in 2014 and winning the Francis Stuart Prize. She is currently a Council Member of the Power Institute of Sydney University and a Board Director of Alliance Francaise Sydney. 

In addition, she has an engineering degree (Paris) and an MBA (Macquarie University) under her belt, and has spent 20 years in the energy industry, both in France and Australia.