Lithography by Pablo Picasso – Portrait – Françoise , 1946

Original limited edition fine art print by Pablo Picasso. Titled: Françoise created in 1946

Lithography in mono color (black) on Arches paper signed lower right by the artist and numbered lower left. One of an edition of 50 signed and numbered lithographs.

Dimension: Size: 65.8 x 50.5 cm

Catalogués: Mourlot, 45;  Bloch, 401;  Rau 140;  Cantz, 152.45

Who is Françoise?

Françoise Gilot born on November 26, 1921, she 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 and Paloma. She later married the American vaccine pioneer, Jonas Salk.

Gilot was more than just Picasso’s lover: she was a mother, organizer, muse, conversation partner, hostess, artist, and an art critic. In 1973 Gilot was appointed as the Art Director of the scholarly journal “Virginia Woolf Quarterly.” In 1976 she was made a member of the board of the Department of Fine Arts at the University of Southern California. She held summer courses there and took on organizational responsibilities until 1983. Throughout the 1980s and 1990s she designed costumes, stage sets, and masks for productions at the Guggenheim in New York. She was awarded a Chevalier de la Légion d’Honneur, in 1990.

At 21, Gilot met Pablo Picasso, then 61. Picasso first saw Gilot in a restaurant in the spring of 1943. His mistress, Dora Maar, was devastated to learn that Picasso was replacing her with the much younger artist. After Picasso’s and Gilot’s meeting she moved in with him in 1946 and they spent almost ten years together. Those years revolved around art, but it is believed by some art historians that Gilot’s relationship with Picasso is what cut short her artistic career. Picasso and Gilot never married, but they did have two children together. Their son, Claude, was born in 1947 and their daughter, Paloma, was born in 1949. During their ten years together Gilot was often harassed on the streets of Paris by Picasso’s legal wife, Olga Khokhlova, a former Russian ballet dancer. Eleven years after their separation, Gilot wrote Life with Picasso (with the art critic Carlton Lake), a book that sold over one million copies in dozens of languages, despite an unsuccessful legal challenge from Picasso attempting to stop its publication. From then on, Picasso refused to see Claude or Paloma ever again. ……

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