vs. Artist: Other artistic battles throughout history
Le bonheur de vivre (The Joy of Life), 1905-06.
|Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec's
At the Moulin Rouge.
Pedestal Table Paris, 1913.
Emily Duffy and Nicolino are hardly the first artists to feud over
ideas, projects or schools of thought. Artistic battles have raged throughout
history between some of the worlds most reknowned artists.
Sculptor Pietro Torrigiano is said to have broken Michelangelo's nose
in an argument over another artist's work. Although Torrigiano was not
charged with assault, he was exiled to England.
Degas supposedly said art nouveau painter Henri de Toulouse-Lautre
"was not an idiot, but merely a painter of the period who wouldn't
last," according to an article by Milton Esterow, editor of ARTNews
Magazine. With regard to pointilist Georges Seurats work, Degas
said, "I wouldn't have noticed it except that it is so big."
The word Cubism, which describes a type of art and developed in France
between 1907 and the early 1920s, was coined when artist Henri
Matisse apparently called a painting by Georges Braque "petits
cubes," or little cubes.
Matisse himself had troubles. Pablo Picasso spent the first few decades
of the 20th century ridiculing and trying to top Matisse, according
to the documentary "Matisse & Picasso: A Gentle Rivalry."
In the 1930s, however, after viewing a Matisse retrospective, Picasso
was apparently so awestruck that he was unable to paint for six months.
Picasso eventually painted a series of "sleeping beauties,"
in homage to his rival, and the two ultimately became friends. When
Matisse died in 1954, Picasso said, "I have to paint for both of