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  • Hardcover: 420 pages
  • Publisher: Profile Books; Main edition (13 Oct. 2016)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1781251657
  • ISBN-13: 978-1781251652
  • Product Dimensions: 14.4 x 3.8 x 22.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars 12 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 214,102 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Intriguing ... Smee writes beautifully ... tantalising (Lynn Barber Sunday Times 2016-10-02)

Elegant ... accomplished (Michael Prodger The Times 2016-10-08)

A spirited account ... recounted with exceptional sympathy and lucidity ... Smee skilfully interweaves, the personal - including the sexual and emotional - with the artistic and, however widely he circles, eventually closes in oh his essential theme: a moment of revelation and a crucial breakthrough in painting ... vivid. (Roger Malbert The Art Newspaper 2017-03-01)

Lively and engaging (Kathryn Hughes Mail on Sunday 2016-10-09)

A fascinating examination ... This is art history as human friction - one in the eye for those who think art is a high-minded enterprise. (Tatler 2016-09-30)

The keynotes of Sebastian Smee's criticism have always included a fine feeling for the what of art - he knows how to evoke the way pictures really strike the eye - and an equal sense of the how of art: how art emerges from the background of social history. To these he now adds a remarkable capacity for getting down the who of art - the enigma of artist's personalities, and the way that, two at a time, they can often intersect to reshape each in the other¹s image. With these gifts all on the page together, The Art of Rivalry gives us a remarkable and engrossing book on pretty much the whole of art. (Adam Gopnik)

A magnificent book on the relationships at the roots of artistic genius. Smee offers a gripping tale of the fine line between friendship and competition, tracing how the ties that torment us most are often the ones that inspire us most. (Adam Grant, Wharton professor and New York Times bestselling author of Originals and Give and Take)

Modern art's major pairs of frenemies are a subject so fascinating, it's strange to have a book on it only now - and a stroke of luck, for us, that the author is Sebastian Smee. He brings the perfect combination of artistic taste and human understanding, and a prose style as clear as spring water, to the drama and occasional comedy of men who inspired and annoyed one another to otherwise inexplicable heights of greatness. (Peter Schjeldahl, art critic of the New Yorker)

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Pulitzer Prize-winning Sebastian Smee reveals how love and betrayal shaped the careers of eight famous artists

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