Wednesday, June 07, 2023

Francoise Gillot Homage


 Francois Gillot died this week at 101. I wanted to remember her with this Parisbreakfast repost from 2012
What a tremendous woman and artist.
I visited the exhibit Picasso and Francoise Gilot:Paris - Vallauris, 1943-1953 at Gagosian Gallery 980 Madison Avenue

 A big collection of gorgeous old photos, paintings, drawings, prints by both Picasso and Gilot.

 Gilot was 22 at the time she met Picasso (he was 62) in1943 and left him 10 years later. The only woman to walk away
“You imagine people will be interested in you?” Ms. Gilot quoted a surprised Picasso saying after she told him that she was leaving him. “They won’t ever, really, just for yourself. Even if you think people like you, it will only be a kind of curiosity they will have about a person whose life touched mine so intimately.”
The full story is in the NYTimes if you have access.

She was painting well before she met Picasso. Gilot’s mother was a gifted watercolorist & ceramicist, with a fantastic knowledge of art history. 

Francoise started painting at age 5 
and was already visiting the Louvre with her teacher.

 A beauty as well as an accomplished, brilliant woman. 

Gilot interviewed on Charlie Rose
 in her studio in 1998

 It's easy to see how she captivated Picasso.

 With her brilliant mind and balanced, classical features

 Perfect to distort as well.

 Multiple portraits of Francoise Gilot in the show by Picasso.

 Two floors of artwork.

 Photos of Gilot by Edwin Quinn are arresting. Quinn lived & worked from the 50s on the Côte d'Azur.

In Antibes at chateau Grimaldi on La Côte d’Azur (on Arte).

Everyone knows this iconic photo by Magnum photographer, Robert Capa. Gilot was not subservient to Picasso - more of a goddess leading the way.

Have you read her memoire 📕, Gillot's Life with Picasso 
It’s a riveting read of a strong, independent woman, well worth another read.

Portrait of Gilot by Picasso. These
 silhouettes - positive/negative beautiful shapes.

 Many of her paintings/drawings are of her children. My obsession too probably thanks to Bringing Up Bebe,

I loved this contorted, linear drawing Francoise Gilot's made of her son, Claude, sleeping curled up on a table, squashed into the frame

A worthy woman we don’t want to forget, especially these days.
 Art doesn’t come from what is around you, but from what is inside of you,” says Françoise Gilot. Jody Rogac for The New York Times
                  What did Francoise Gilot mean to you?
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Love all the red 💋 XXX ❤️


  1. Anonymous5:00 AM

    Incredibly life and a brave and courageous woman. Read 'Life with Picasso' some years ago and found a rich story full of anecdotes. Picasso was a bon vivant.

    1. Anonymous5:41 AM

      Picasso was many things..Gilot was a strong and a survivor

  2. Beautiful tribute for a fascinating human being.

    1. Anonymous9:55 AM


  3. She lead a long and remarkable life! 🗼❤️

  4. Anonymous7:21 AM

    That was very moving piece about the wife of Picasso.
    Thank you.
    I usually think of him as sort of a narcissist, but it sounds like she lead the day Anabel

    1. Anonymous9:32 AM

      He was a narcissist - she was just strong enough not to be broken.

  5. Anonymous7:46 AM

    Carol I have always been fascinated with her life, her art and her relationship with Picasso.
    Thank you for this post. The Woman Who Says No was a wonderful read also.

    1. Anonymous9:49 AM

      That was a documentary you can’t find
      Now I see its a book too. I will look for it
      Thank you ❤️

  6. Bonnie L8:07 AM

    What a life well lived. She had a long mariage (until his death) to Dr Jonas Salk, developer of polio vaccines. What a fascinating woman she must have been partnering with such giants of the 20th century. And her legacy; her art and her children, among them Paloma an artist and designer in her own right.
    Thank you for this fantastic tribute, Carol. Loved seeing these old photographs.❤️

    1. Anonymous9:48 AM

      The old photos of Francoise are exceptional.
      So are all her video interviews !

  7. Are you related?

    1. Anonymous9:47 AM

      I do occasionally get asked that.
      If only Jerie 🙏 ☺️

  8. This is a lovely tribute to an amazing artist, thank you for posting xo

    1. I am signed in under my husbands name for some reason and didnt notice when I hit "publish" ! LOL, oy. This comment was by me: Deborah Soffel ;)

    2. Anonymous9:44 AM

      Thanks Deborah ☺️ 🌸

  9. My goodness, I’ve never heard of her. A darling child and a grown woman with lovely cheekbones. Loved the pic of her with Picasso carrying the umbrella.

    1. Anonymous1:15 PM

      Read her book (s). A wonderful writer too ❤️

  10. Anonymous10:52 AM

    This is a wonderful tribute to Francoise Gilot. I loved all the photographs and will definitely watch the interviews. I am also interested in her biography as I admire strong talented women. Living to 101 is pretty amazing. RIP. - Suzanne P.

    1. Anonymous1:14 PM

      She was EXCEPTIONAL ❤️

  11. Anonymous1:14 PM

    We Found this Picasso melon in grocery this am and thought of you!!
    Will let you know how it tastes!! Diane & Andy

  12. Anonymous2:36 PM

    A beautiful homage to a beautiful, strong and inspiring woman - thank you Carol.

  13. Anonymous4:01 PM

    Such a beautiful and fitting tribute Ms.T.

    1. Anonymous4:02 PM

      Thank you 🙏
      What a life well-lived

  14. Anonymous9:26 PM

    ILOVE ❤️all the red she wore. The red lipstick ❤️
    She obviously took very good care of herself. Smart lady 👏

  15. Anonymous1:40 AM

    So pretty and cute with that little scarf.
    Love her red lips. Go go for it!! Why not!! Carolyn

    1. Anonymous1:45 AM

      Haha I actually did get out my very old MAC Russian red lipstick!
      They probably don’t even make it anymore.
      After trying out Louboutin digital red lips 👄 at Galerie Lafayette I’m ready 👍

  16. Michael2:32 AM

    Beautiful lady, beautiful artist.

  17. Anonymous3:30 AM

    Fascinating woman & 100 years of art history. Enjoyed your tribute & the linked tv interviews with Francoise at 99.
    “Be yourself, you can only be yourself” rebecca fisher studio

  18. Anonymous8:26 AM

    Another interesting memoir about Picasso is « Grand-père » by Marina Picasso.

    1. Anonymous1:58 PM

      Thank you!!

    2. Anonymous1:59 PM

      Oh I remember hearing about that…a tad controversial ☺️


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