Library Live! Sebastian Smee, The Art of Rivalry: Four Friendships, Betrayals, and Breakthroughs in Modern Art

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Sebastian Smee

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.

Smee is the art critic of the Boston Globe. He was a Pulitzer Prize winner in 2011 and a finalist in 2009. His writing about art has appeared in many of the leading papers in Australia, Great Britain, and the United States. He has given lectures about art at many major universities and institutions, including Harvard, Yale, and the Metropolitan Museum of Art.