A couple of years back I was in The Hermitage Museum in St Petersburg and saw their famous Matisse collection amongst a host of other treasures.
The Dance Hermitage St Petersburg
Matisse’s poster-like presentations led a few fellow travellers to ask the same question: Can Matisse draw?Picasso is one of the artists that I have featured on this blog.
Juggler with Still Life 1905 NGA
Yes I am a great fan of Picasso but if anyone should ask me that same question of Picasso, I know what my answer would be and I would produce my evidence.
Earlier this year I was visiting some old school friends in Washington D.C., where in a few days time the world's media will descend to witness history in the making: the inauguration of Barack Obama.
National Gallery of Art Washington D.C.
At the National Gallery of Art (NGA) there, the answers to both the Matisse and Picasso questions can be easily found.
For the occasional museum visitor Picasso may be synonymous with cubism and paintings like this one:
Picasso Family of Saltimbanques, 1905
Mmmm: Can Matisse Draw?
Then we saw these paintings by Matisse:
Lorette with Turban, Yellow Jacket., 1917
La Coiffure, 1901
Can Matisse draw?!