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Four pairs of art frenemies, egging each other on to greatness

New book examines creative tensions in their friendships and the effect on their art

Smee's The Art of Rivalry is part mini-biographies, part broader art history.

New York

A FAMOUS portrait of Francis Bacon brazenly stolen off a museum wall. Manet stabbing through an image of his wife painted for him by Degas. Lucian Freud declining a wedding invitation because he found himself "in the unusual position of having been involved sexually not only with...

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