Sue Roe’s new book In Montmartre: Picasso, Matisse and the Birth of Modernist Art uses the famous artists’ village in Paris as the backdrop for creative rivalries and synergies that helped produce some of the most iconic works of art today. Roe has blended exceptional scholarship with graceful prose in this remarkable portrait of the men and women who profoundly changed the arts of painting, sculpture, dance, music, literature, and fashion. In Montmartre captures an extraordinary group on the cusp of fame and immortality and brings to life one of the key moments in the history of art. Roe is the author of The Private Lives of the Impressionists and several other books.
Lennon and McCartney. Jobs and Wozniak. Picasso and Matisse. All of these collaborations were the source of creative innovations that have shaped our modern world. Joshua Wolf Shenk argues in his new book, Powers of Two: How Relationships Drive Creativity, that one-on-one partnerships fuel creative success. Shenk’s book has been praised by the Chicago Tribune as “a brilliant, compelling book . . . fascinating, well-researched, addictive.” His first book, Lincoln’s Melancholy, was named one of the best books of 2005 by the New York Times.
6:30 p.m. Enjoy a tour of art by Montmartre artists Matisse, Picasso, Brancusi, and Modigliani, as well as other creative pairs in the DMA’s collection.