An Evening with Francoise
Inspired by Picasso
Homage to Francoise Gilot
11 x 14 Oil Painting on Canvas
Painting with The Masters
Art within Art Series
Picasso had so many women in his life that it is hard
to keep up with them. I was very surprised that Francoise
is still alive and still painting and writing.
She is the mother of Picasso's children, The now famous
designer Paloma Picasso and son Claude. The wall paintings
in this painting are my impression of Picasso's paintings of
Francoise. The perfume bottle on the fireplace is Paloma's
famous fragrance. I can see Francoise surrounded by
beautiful things and paintings in a room like this.
Is that Picasso sneaking down the steps.....and
where is Francoise?
Françoise Gilot (born November 26, 1921) is a French painter and bestselling author. She is also known as the lover and artistic muse of Pablo Picasso from 1944 to 1953, and the mother of his children, Claude Picasso and Paloma Picasso. She later married the American vaccine pioneer, Salk . She was awarded a Chevalier de la Legion d' Honneur, in 1990.
At 21, Gilot met Pablo Picasso, then 61. His mistress, Dora Mar, was devastated to learn that Picasso was replacing her with the much younger artist. Eleven years after their separation, Gilot wrote Life with Picasso, a book that sold over one million copies in dozens of languages, despite an unsuccessful legal challenge from Picasso attempting to stop its publication.
Gilot married Luc Simon in 1954. The couple divorced in 1962. They had a daughter, Aurelia.
In 1969, Gilot was introduced to Jonas Salk, the polio vaccine pioneer, at the home of mutual friends in La Jolia, California. Their shared appreciation of architecture led to a brief courtship and they were married in 1970 in Paris.[They remained married until Salk's death in 1995. During her marriage, she continued painting in New Yourk, La Jolla, and Paris.
Gilot lives in New York City and Paris, working on behalf of the Salk Institute in California, and continues to exhibit her work internationally.