Pablo Picasso visited Henri Matisse often during the spring of 1946. Matisse was pleased to see him. Matisse was 76 and had endured arduous colon surgery. Much of his work was now done either in bed or from a wheelchair. After one of these visits Henri Matisse wrote to his son Pierre: “Picasso came to see me with a very pretty young woman. He could not have been more friendly and said he would come back and have a lot of things to tell me. But he saw what he wanted to see, my works in cut paper, my new paintings. That’s all he wanted. He will put it all to good use in time.”
Art historians claim that the relationship between Picasso and Matisse was by turns fraternal and competitive. It was a kind of an on going sparring match between two masters.
Network theory suggests that what the system becomes emerges from the complex, responsive relationships of its members, continuously developing in communication.
Like Henri Matisse and Pablo Picasso.
By Esko Kilpi.