Few of those who know, and for two generations and more, know who is Françoise Gilo, the famous painter and artist who was the life partner of the most famous Spanish international cubist artist, Pablo Picasso, between 1946 and 1953.
Gilo achieved fame in her artistic career, and she passed away yesterday evening at the age of 101. (The news of the death was announced by the Picasso Museum).
According to her daughter Aurelia Engel, Françoise Guillot was recently suffering from “heart and lung ailments”.
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François Gillot was born on November 26, 1921 in the Neuilly-sur-Seine region, on the outskirts of Paris, into a bourgeois family, and she followed in her mother’s footsteps in drawing.
She was the inspiration for Pablo Picasso for a while, before embarking on an artistic career that lasted more than 60 years
She was the inspiration for Pablo Picasso for a while, before embarking on an artistic career that lasted more than 60 years, during which she established herself as a famous painter after her separation from the world-famous painter, with her works in the collections of the “Metropolitan” Museum of Art and the Museum of Modern Art in New York.
In June 2021, one of her paintings, “Paloma with a Guitar,” sold for $1.3 million at an auction organized by Sotheby’s.
Among her teachers was the Franco-Hungarian surrealist Andre Rozda, and her first exhibition was held in Paris in 1943, the year she met Picasso. She was in her twenties at the time, and he was 61. Their relationship resulted in two sons, Claude (born in 1947) and Paloma (born in 1949).
The publication of Living With Picasso, a relatively intimate book about her life with the artist, was an enormous success
In 1964, Living With Picasso, a relatively intimate book about her life with the artist, was published (it was translated into 16 languages and sold over a million copies). This book depicts Picasso as a tyrannical and selfish man.
Françoise Guillot did not attend Picasso’s funeral in 1973
After becoming an American citizen, Françoise Gillot did not attend Picasso’s funeral in 1973.
She spent the last years of her life in New York, and her paintings and drawings have been exhibited in many museums and private collections, in Europe and the United States.
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