‘Matisse was my god,’ says Françoise Gilot - the lover and muse of his good friend and rival, Pablo Picasso

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Also a painter herself, Françoise Gilot recounts the time that Picasso took her to the south of France to meet her hero, Henri Matisse. Explaining that what drew her to his vibrant work, Gilot said it was his ‘desire for finding the strongest and most simple way of expressing form and character.’

Henri Matisse: The Cut-Outs exhibition at Tate Modern

17 April – 7 September 2014