Artist of the moment……..Françoise Gilot

 

Françoise Gilot is a contemporary French painter renown for her work with the female face and figure. Gilot is also known for being the lover and model of Pablo Picasso in the 1940s and 1950s.

Françoise Gilot was born in Neuilly-Sur Seine, France in the year 1921. Her mother was a watercolor painter and Gilot took classes from her mother’s teacher that began when Gilot was six years of age.

Gilot’s mother wouldn’t teach her to draw, but only to paint. Her mother believed if you made a mistake in the painting, to incorporate the mistake into your art.

In this clip we view a painting by Gilot featured on the Antiques Roadshow:

Gilot attended the Cambridge University located on London, England where she earned a degree in English. She also earned a B.F.A. from the Sorbonne located in Paris, France.

Gilot had two children with Picasso. The artist went on to marry a scientist who helped to produce vaccines in the United States.

Over her career she has worked as theater set coordinator and costume designer.

 

Price range information: Works range from $10,000 to $750,000. Gilot has worked in watercolors, oils, gouache, and pastel. The artist is also an outstanding printmaker.

In this clip from the Tate Museum of London we see some works and learn more about Françoise Gilot:

What a wonderful style she has developed. From her mom’s idea to incorporate mistakes into paintings to the advice she received from Picasso, Françoise Gilot is a remarkable artist who is finally getting her praise and fame long overdue.

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