Score: 5
From 5 Ratings

The Art of Rivalry


  • Author: Sebastian Smee
  • Release Date : 2016-08-16
  • Genre: Biographies & Memoirs
  • File Size: 16815331 Bytes


Pulitzer Prize–winning art critic Sebastian Smee tells the fascinating story of four pairs of artists—Manet and Degas, Picasso and Matisse, Pollock and de Kooning, Freud and Bacon—whose fraught, competitive friendships spurred them to new creative heights. Rivalry is at the heart of some of the most famous and fruitful relationships in history. The Art of Rivalry follows eight celebrated artists, each linked to a counterpart by friendship, admiration, envy, and ambition. All eight are household names today. But to achieve what they did, each needed the influence of a contemporary—one who was equally ambitious but possessed sharply contrasting strengths and weaknesses. Edouard Manet and Edgar Degas were close associates whose personal bond fra...

Score: 4.5
From 591 Ratings

I Know This Much Is True


  • Author: Wally Lamb
  • Release Date : 2009-03-17
  • Genre: Family
  • File Size: 3357611 Bytes


#1 New York Times Bestseller and Oprah Book Club selection"Thoughtful . . . heart-wrenching . . . . An exercise in soul-baring storytelling—with the soul belonging to 20th-century America itself. It's hard to read and to stop reading, and impossible to forget."  — USA Today Dominick Birdsey, a forty-year-old housepainter living in Three Rivers, Connecticut, finds his subdued life greatly disturbed when his identical twin brother Thomas, a paranoid schizophrenic, commits a shocking act of self-mutilation. Dominick is forced to care for his brother as well as confront dark secrets and pain he has buried deep within himself—a journey of the soul that takes him beyond his blue-collar New England town to Sicily’s Mount Etna, t...

The Art of Rivalry
Score: 4.5
From 6 Ratings

The Art of Rivalry


  • Author : Sebastian Smee
  • Publisher : Profile Books
  • Release Date : 2016-10-13
  • Genre: Art
  • Pages :
  • ISBN 10 : 9781847659873


The Art of Rivalry Book Description :

This is a story about rivalry among artists. Not the kind of rivalry that grows out of hatred and dislike, but rather, rivalry that emerges from admiration, friendship, love. The kind of rivalry that existed between Degas and Manet, Picasso and Matisse, Pollock and de Kooning, and Freud and Bacon. These were some of the most famous and creative relationships in the history of art, driving each individual to heights of creativity and inspiration - and provoking them to despair, jealousy and betrayal. Matisse's success threatened Picasso so much that his friends would throw darts at a portrait of his rival's beloved daughter Marguerite, shouting 'there's one in the eye for Matisse!' And Willem de Kooning's twisted friendship with Jackson Pollock didn't...

Art and Rivalry

Art and Rivalry


  • Author : Carol Bishop-Gwyn
  • Publisher :
  • Release Date : 2019-10-08
  • Genre:
  • Pages :
  • ISBN 10 : 9780345808424


Art and Rivalry Book Description :

The unauthorized biography of Canada's most famous artist couple and the rivalry that drove them. She painted as if with pure light, radiant colours making quotidian kitchen scenes come alive with sublimated drama. He painted like clockwork, each stroke precise and measured with exquisite care, leaving no angle unchecked and no subtlety of tone unattended. Some would say Mary Pratt was fire and Christopher, ice. And yet Newfoundland's Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera (or Jackson Pollack and Lee Krasner...) presented their marriage as a portrait of harmony and balance. But balance off the canvas rarely makes great art, and the Pratts' art was spectacular. As a youth at Mount Allison University in New Brunswick, Mary pursued her future husband, a prodigiou...

Matisse and Picasso

Matisse and Picasso


  • Author : Yve-Alain Bois
  • Publisher : Flammarion-Pere Castor
  • Release Date : 2001
  • Genre: Art
  • Pages :
  • ISBN 10 : UVA:X004622383


Matisse and Picasso Book Description :

Fiercely competitive, Matisse and Picasso engaged in one of the most formidable artistic dialogues of this century. The intense beginning of the relationship between the two artists - from the time they met in 1906 until 1917, when Matisse left for Nice - has already been amply studied, but their continuous exchange during the second part of their careers has never been examined in detail. In Matisse and Picasso, Yve-Alain Bois stages the intertwined evolution of the two giants of modern art as if it were an ongoing game of chess between two masters. As Joachim Pissarro points out in the foreword of this volume, Matisse and Picasso's dense plot and rich narrative make this work read more like a suspense novel than a traditional art history treatise. ...

Breakfast with Lucian
Score: 4.5
From 3 Ratings

Breakfast with Lucian


  • Author : Geordie Greig
  • Publisher : Farrar, Straus and Giroux
  • Release Date : 2013-10-22
  • Genre: Biography & Autobiography
  • Pages :
  • ISBN 10 : 9780374709242


Breakfast with Lucian Book Description :

An insider's account—the first of its kind—of the thoroughly unconventional life of one of the twentieth century's most shockingly original painters Lucian Freud's paintings are instantly recognizable: often shocking and disturbing, his portraits convey a profound yet compelling sense of discomfort. Freud was twice married and the father of at least a dozen children, and his numerous relationships with women were the subject of much gossip—but the man himself remained a mystery. An intensely private individual (during his lifetime he prevented two planned biographies from being published), Freud's life, as well as his art, invites questions that have had no answer—until now. In Breakfast with Lucian, Geordie Greig, one of a few close friends ...

Bad Blood

Bad Blood


  • Author : Clayton Schuster
  • Publisher : Schiffer Publishing
  • Release Date : 2019-05-28
  • Genre:
  • Pages :
  • ISBN 10 : 0764357301


Bad Blood Book Description :

Why is there so much bad blood involved in the stories of artists and their artworks? Immerse yourself in 18 infamous artistic rivalries, dramatized with gripping moments of narrative, to understand how the rivalries that art fans love to gossip about serve a larger purpose in the way cultures approach the idea of art and the artist. Why did Michelangelo loathe Raphael for decades after the latter had died? How did Pablo Picasso and Henri Matisse balance their perpetual competition with a lifelong friendship? What transgression pitted the notorious titans of the London graffiti scene, Banksy and King Robbo, in a rivalry that ended with a tragic and unforeseeable death? An investigative journey transforms some of the "big names" of the art world into ...

Freud

Freud


  • Author : Sebastian Smee
  • Publisher :
  • Release Date : 2017-01-15
  • Genre:
  • Pages :
  • ISBN 10 : 3836560631


Freud Book Description :

Witness unapologetic portraits and precision worthy of a laboratory in this exploration into the oeuvre of renowned figurative painter Lucian Freud. A master of the human form who applied the same frank style and psychological rigor to sitters as varied as the Queen, Kate Moss, and an obese and naked job center supervisor. Direct and disarming, .....

Keeping an Eye Open
Score: 4
From 3 Ratings

Keeping an Eye Open


  • Author : Julian Barnes
  • Publisher : Random House Canada
  • Release Date : 2015-10-06
  • Genre: Art
  • Pages :
  • ISBN 10 : 9780345815194


Keeping an Eye Open Book Description :

An extraordinary collection--hawk-eyed and understanding--from the Booker Prize-winning, bestselling author of The Sense of an Ending and Levels of Life. As Julian Barnes explains: "Flaubert believed that...great paintings required no words of explanation. Braque thought the ideal state would be reached when we said nothing at all in front of a painting... But it is a rare picture which stuns, or argues, us into silence. And if one does, it is only a short time before we want to explain and understand the very silence into which we have been plunged." This is the exact dynamic that informs his new book. Barnes, in his 1989 novel A History of the World in 10 1/2 Chapters, had a chapter on Géricault's The Raft of the Medusa, and since then he has writ...

The Rivalry
Score: 5
From 2 Ratings

The Rivalry


  • Author : Nikki Sloane
  • Publisher : Shady Creek Publishing
  • Release Date : 2017-11-21
  • Genre: Fiction
  • Pages :
  • ISBN 10 :


The Rivalry Book Description :

This tight end is at the top of his game. He’s good with his hands, even better with his sexy mouth, and the best at making me forget my own name. His—ahem—stats are perfect. But I can’t fall for him. He might be everything I want, all rolled into a glorious package of gridiron god, but there’s one teeny-tiny problem. The vile, loathsome team I’ve spent my entire life hating—my beloved school’s arch-rival? This guy is their star player....

Tom and Jack
Score: 1
From 1 Ratings

Tom and Jack


  • Author : Henry Adams
  • Publisher : Bloomsbury Publishing USA
  • Release Date : 2009-12-01
  • Genre: Art
  • Pages :
  • ISBN 10 : 1608191745


Tom and Jack Book Description :

The drip paintings of Jackson Pollock, trailblazing Abstract Expressionist, appear to be the polar opposite of Thomas Hart Benton's highly figurative Americana. Yet the two men had a close and highly charged relationship dating from Pollock's days as a student under Benton. Pollock's first and only formal training came from Benton, and the older man soon became a surrogate father to Pollock. In true Oedipal fashion, Pollock even fell in love with Benton's wife. Pollock later broke away from his mentor artistically, rocketing to superstardom with his stunning drip compositions. But he never lost touch with Benton or his ideas-in fact, his breakthrough abstractions reveal a strong debt to Benton's teachings. I n an epic story that ranges from the café...

Architecture s Odd Couple
Score: 4
From 1 Ratings

Architecture s Odd Couple


  • Author : Hugh Howard
  • Publisher : Bloomsbury Publishing USA
  • Release Date : 2016-05-24
  • Genre: Architecture
  • Pages :
  • ISBN 10 : 9781620403761


Architecture s Odd Couple Book Description :

In architectural terms, the twentieth century can be largely summed up with two names: Frank Lloyd Wright and Philip Johnson. Wright (1867–1959) began it with his romantic prairie style; Johnson (1906–2005) brought down the curtain with his spare postmodernist experiments. Between them, they built some of the most admired and discussed buildings in American history. Differing radically in their views on architecture, Wright and Johnson shared a restless creativity, enormous charisma, and an outspokenness that made each man irresistible to the media. Often publicly at odds, they were the twentieth century's flint and steel; their repeated encounters consistently set off sparks. Yet as acclaimed historian Hugh Howard shows, their rivalry was also a...