FRANÇOISE GILOT
Sleepwalker
1993
51x66 cm
mixed technique on paper
In the Várfok Gallery

’The wandering theme is recurrent in the work of Françoise Gilot. Witnessing the war and its horrors as a young woman in 1944, Gilot drew ’L’Hiver’, the suffering of displaced populations. In 1956, she discovers the free and painful peregrinations of the Berberes, who occupy the desert of the Maghreb. Throughout her life, and along the memory of her voyages, the artist will paint with a certain tenderness silhouettes on their way. In 1962, after a trip to Greece, Gilot who had a childhood passion for Greek mythology, realized an important abstract series called ’The Labyrinth’; it is inspired by the myth of Theseus, Ariadne and the Minotaur, the wandering is philosophical and evokes man’s choices and destiny. From 1991 to 1994, Gilot addresses once more the wandering theme. This time the wanderer is alone. A stubborn, stocky little person wanders helplessly in an abstract landscape. He is small and alone in the immensity. Enigma, who is he? A character from Gilot’s play, doomed to wander for eternity? A loved one happily immensed in the discovery of the universe? Or the painter searching for her own truth? Mystery. We must wander into our soul and find the answer.’ Aurelia Engel

FRANÇOISE GILOT
Sleepwalker
1993
51x66 cm
mixed technique on paper
In the Várfok Gallery