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Monday, 19 August, 2002, 11:46 GMT 12:46 UK
Matisse Picasso: Your views
Pablo Picasso - Self Portrait with Palette 1906, courtesy of Philadelphia Museum of Art
Picasso is regarded as a great symbolist
Henri Matisse and Pablo Picasso met in 1906 and became both rivals and admirers of each other's work over the next 50 years.

Tate Modern has just closed its major exhibition of their work, juxtaposing various works from each artist on similar subjects.

The gallery stayed open for 36 hours over its final weekend to keep up with demand for the exhibition, which now moves on to Paris and New York.

"The joy here is of seeing how two great minds could take the same subject and work it through in their own way," said BBC News Online's Patrick Jackson.

But what do you think? Is this a challenging exhibition for art fans? Are there any surprise omissions or additions?

We asked what you thought.


I consider myself to be very fortunate to have happened upon the Matisse-Picasso exhibit at the Tate while I was on holiday in London in early June.

I was lucky enough to get a ticket one morning when the gallery first opened and before the crowds grew. I thus enjoyed a chance to study the works in unobstructed detail. The curators at the Tate are to be commended for putting together such an enlightened and well presented display.

I utilized the acoustic guide which provided a more in-depth and informative view of the exhibit. I dare say that with the high interest in the exhibit, the Tate probably could have stayed open 24-hours a day through the exhibit's duration!

The setting of the Tate is also fabulous with its views across the river to St. Paul's Cathedral. The imaginative use and development of this once derelict structure should be a symbol to all whose first impulse is to tear down structures that are deemed redundant.
Darlene Calandra, USA

What an amazing exhibition! I think it's a well thought through, thorough, sensitive and beautiful exhibition. Well done Tate Modern. My only complaint is that putting these two artists together seems so obvious that it makes it a VERY overdue exhibition.
Alex, London

Not yet. I am waiting for it to come to New York. I already purchased a membership to MoMA just to get ready!
Sean , USA

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