"There is, I believe, an intimacy in art history that the textbooks ignore. This book is an attempt to reckon with that intimacy."
That's how Pulitzer Prize-winning art critic Sebastian Smee explains the premise of his new book, "The Art of Rivalry: Four Friendships, Betrayals, and Breakthroughs in Modern Art."
In it, he details four intimate, fraught relationships between eight modern artists who are all now household names: Edouard Manet and Edgar Degas; Henri Matisse and Pablo Picasso; Jackson Pollock and William de Kooning; Lucian Freud and Francis Bacon.
Sebastian Smee, Pulitzer Prize-winning art critic for The Boston Globe. His new book is "The Art of Rivalry: Four Friendships, Betrayals, and Breakthroughs in Modern Art." He tweets @SebastianSmee.
This segment aired on August 15, 2016.