Au Lapin Agile

This animated short turns a bar brawl into a beautiful celebration of art history.

Paris’ Gobelins L’École de L’Image (or Gobelins School of the Image) makes a regular showing at the Annecy International Animated Film Festival. This year, the school debuted Au Lapin Agile, or At the Agile Rabbit, wherein Pablo Picasso gets into a stunningly beautiful bar fight with Henri Matisse. The short is wonderful on its own, but the characters and the setting are incredibly significant, providing a small glimpse into the lives of the people involved. It’s really about conflict creating great art.