Picasso and Françoise Gilot: Paris–Vallauris, 1943–1953
This book was published on the occasion of the exhibition Picasso and Françoise Gilot: Paris–Vallauris, 1943–1953, curated by John Richardson at Gagosian, 980 Madison Avenue, New York.
This publication explores Picasso’s portrayals of life with Gilot and their young family in the decade they spent together, including over 150 of his paintings, sculptures, works on paper, prints, and ceramic objects. Gilot was a budding young painter when she met Picasso by chance at a café in 1943. The ten years they subsequently spent together was a time of transformation in Picasso’s paintings that coincided with revolutionary inventions in lithography, sculpture, and ceramics.
The book also presents thirty works by Gilot alongside Picasso’s innovative depictions of her and their family life. It is the first time that their work has been exhibited together—that the painterly dialogue between the fascinated mature male artist and the self-possessed young female artist can be retraced and explored.
The volume includes a foreword by Larry Gagosian; a conversation between John Richardson and Gilot; essays by Charles Stuckey and Michael Cary, and Gilot; several excerpts from Life with Picasso (1989) by Gilot and Carlton Lake; and a reprinted text by Jaime Sabartés. Numerous historical photographs are also featured throughout the publication.