Françoise Gilot May 25, 2005 - July 27, 2005

Was born into a French educated family, she has been painting since she was 5 years old. After studying law she chose the art profession as her career. Between 1941 and 1944 she attended painting classes in the Paris studio of the Hungarian artist, Endre Rozsda. Her earlier works recall the art of Matisse, it is his joyful painting that Gilot incorporates into her own art. The balance between the play of bright, clean colors and lines remains a dominant part of her art. The artist met Pablo Picasso in 1943, a relationship which continued to play an important role in her life. Picasso and Gilot remained a couple from 1946 to 1954, their children are Paloma and Claude Picasso.

Over the course of their cohabitation Gilot preserved her own artistic style, a playful version of abstract cubism based on drawings. On the whole she is a predominantly colourist painter, but she has always been interested in structure and drawing too. In her work she strives towards minimalism. She is sparing with tools, telling as much as possible with as little as possible. Painting for her represents the art of silence, an ‘escape into freedom’. After her colourful period reaches a height around 1954, she turns to subtle tones and grays, she is interested mainly in the effect of pink light. She regards her work as an endless pilgrimage in which it is not arrival that matters, but rather the journey itself. Gilot lives both in France and the US, continuing all the while to develop the finest traditions of the École de Paris, enriching them with her own fantastic work.


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