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Daily, 1 – 2pm

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Matisse’s Seated Riffian (1912) and Picasso’s Composition: The Peasants (1906) hang next to each other in the Main Gallery.

$35 weekdays; $45 weekends; members free

About the Tour

Each month, our Spotlight Tours focus on a different artist or theme, allowing for a deeper dive into specific areas of the collection.

Henri Matisse and Pablo Picasso dominated the art world for much of the 20th century. Both were cultural icons, famous for their work and their lifestyles. Learn about these artists’ contrasting approaches to their art making and their lives and relationships, while exploring the ways they inspired and challenged one another. “All things considered,” Picasso once remarked, “there is only Matisse.” Matisse, for his part, said, “Only one person has the right to criticize me. That is Picasso.”

Before and after the tour, you’re invited to explore the collection.

Friends and Rivals

Learn more about the complex relationship between these two influential painters.

Henri Matisse. Studio with Goldfish, 1912. BF569. © 2019 Succession H. Matisse / Artists Rights Society, New York

Pablo Picasso. Two Figures, c. 1921. BF283. © 2019 Estate of Pablo Picasso / Artists Rights Society, New York

Pablo Picasso. Acrobat and Young Harlequin, 1905. BF382. © 2019 Estate of Pablo Picasso / Artists Rights Society, New York

Henri Matisse. Reclining Nude with Blue Eyes, 1936. BF955. © 2019 Succession H. Matisse / Artists Rights Society, New York