Thursday 24 May 2018

Speaker: Ray Warburton

Henri Matisse met Pablo Picasso for the first time in 1906. Matisse had become leader of the artistic avant-garde in 1905 through his invention of Fauvism; Picasso made his own mark in 1907 with ‘Les Demoiselles d’Avignon’. Despite many difference between them, they became friends. However, Matisse said that each of them looked over the other’s shoulder to see what they were doing. The lecture explains how their friendship and rivalry manifested themselves in their respective lives and art making.  It will explain how the Second World War made it impossible for them to communicate as Matisse was in Nice and Picasso in Paris, and how they resumed their friendship and jousting from 1945 to Matisse’s death in 1954. This lecture will be jargon-free with audience engagement, backed by high quality slides.


Has studied art history at the Open University and the University of Buckingham. A Guide at Tate Britain and Tate Modern, who leads public tours of all the permanent displays and also undertakes exhibition tours. An experienced public speaker who has given presentations and lectures on a range of themes to diverse audiences over many years.