Today, on 26th of November 2020, the master painter celebrates her 99th birthday!
We wish Françoise Gilot the happiest birthday and many more to come!
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From #Paris with love,
One of the most inspiring love stories from the 20th century art world: Françoise Gilot and Pablo Picasso.
Picasso met Françoise Gilot in May of 1943. By April of 1946 the two painters begun to live together spending the majority of their time in the balmy south of France. It was here that Gilot gave birth to their two children, Claude and Paloma. She became the subject of numerous Picasso's portraits throughout the late 1940's featuring the schematic treatment of the human figure, quite common to Picasso's oeuvre. Her paintings, on the other hand, are characterised by a preference for organic forms over Picasso’s use of sharp angles. In 1953, Gilot left Picasso, taking the children with her. Eleven years later, she published the best-selling book "Life With Picasso" describing their intimate family life and artistic collaborations. Gilot went on to maintain studios in La Jolla, New York, and Paris, with her later paintings featuring saturated color relationships and structured compositions. Over time, her practice has expanded to include printmaking techniques such as monographs and aquatints. Gilot continues to exhibit her work internationally to this day. She is 97 years old.
Gilot and Picasso, 1948
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