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El arte de la rivalidad / The Art of Rivalry : Amistad, traición y ruptura en el arte moderno /

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El prestigioso crítico y Premio Pulitzer Sebastian Smee compone en este libro una historia del arte contada a través de las vidas paralelas de ocho artistas.

Matisse - Picasso
Manet - Degas
Pollock - de Kooning
Freud - Bacon

Manet rasga un retrato de él y su mujer pintado por Degas. De Kooning pelea con Pollock y al poco de la muerte de este se junta con su amante, Ruth Kligman. Freud rompe con su mentor y amigo íntimo Bacon tras haberse inmiscuido sin querer en su relación con un amante violento...

La rivalidad es uno de los grandes motores de la innovación artística, pero es también uno de sus misterios más profundos. Casi todo artista que se precie ha sido arrastrado a algún tipo de enfrentamiento con sus contemporáneos, y Smee explora el modo en que la amistad y la traición estimulan la creatividad e incluso la búsqueda de la voz propia.

Reseñas:
«Apasionante. Smee es seductor y brillante, y sus virtudes como crítico son evidentes en cada línea.»
The New York Times

«Cada uno de los retratos que hace Smee de estos artistas es una auténtica joya.»
The Boston Globe

«Una combinación perfecta de gusto artístico y entendimiento humano, y una prosa cristalina.»
The New Yorker

«Hermosamente escrito. Ambicioso, impactante y del todo absorbente.»
Publishers Weekly

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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 frayed after Degas painted a portrait of Manet and his wife. Henri Matisse and Pablo Picasso swapped paintings, ideas, and influences as they jostled for the support of collectors like Leo and Gertrude Stein and vied for the leadership of a new avant-garde. Jackson Pollock’s uninhibited style of “action painting” triggered a breakthrough in the work of his older rival, Willem de Kooning. After Pollock’s sudden death in a car crash, de Kooning assumed Pollock's mantle and became romantically involved with hi


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