Matisse & Picasso Head 2 Head

20 Feb 2018 - 19 Mar 2018

The UpDown Gallery in collaboration with The Falstaff Ramsgate is proud to announce an exhibition of prints by Henri Matisse and Pablo Picasso. As part of the new exhibition programme at The Falstaff  curated by Kate Smith, Director of the UpDown Gallery.

These 2 ground breaking artists changed the way we look at art now, and the exhibition at The Falstaff  focuses on their portraits and how each had their own unique and stylised way of capturing the sitter.

A Brief History: In 1906, American writer and art collector Gertrude Stein arranged for famed artists Henri Matisse and Pablo Picasso to meet. Little did she know that this fateful meeting would change the entire course of Modern art history. While Matisse and Picasso initially disliked each other’s paintings, they sensed the power that each held to challenge and motivate the other’s work.
From 1906 on, they kept a sharp eye on each other’s new works, drawing inspiration from each other while engaging in friendly competition. Picasso once said that in order to grasp 20th-century art, you ought to see ”side by side everything Matisse and I were doing.” This rivalry and friendship seemed to bring out the best in both artists.