Shortlist year: 
2017
Shortlist category: 
Non-fiction
Published by: 
Text Publishing

About the book

Book cover - The Art of Rivalry: Four Friendships, Betrayals, and Breakthroughs in Modern Art by Sebastian Smee

Genius, friend, rival: this is the story of four pairs of artists whose intense relationships spurred and shaped their art.

Matisse and Picasso. Manet and Degas. Bacon and Freud. De Kooning and Pollock. Eight of the most significant modern artists; four pairs linked by friendship and a shared spirit of competitiveness.

Absorbing, informed and provocative, Sebastian Smee’s The Art of Rivalry offers revelatory insights into the ways in which these major artists influenced and changed each other—and into their ultimate quest ‘to be unique, original, inimitable; to acquire the solitude, the singularity, of greatness’.