In this dual biography, journalist and author Witham provides an engaging side-by-side history of modern art’s two figureheads, Picasso and Duchamp-artists whose careers and exhibition histories overlap, yet whose artistic practices and philosophies had virtually nothing in common. Witham’s exploration of this curious pair asks which of these two artists better embodies the ‘soul of modern art.’ The book provides an engrossing account of both artists-their upbringings, personal lives, political leanings, and approaches to work. . . . An excellent and engrossing casual read for general enthusiasts. . . . Recommended.