Françoise Gilot

Painting, Visual Artist

1921 –

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Who is Françoise Gilot?

Françoise Gilot 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 Picasso and Paloma Picasso. 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.

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Born
Nov 26, 1921
Paris
Also known as
  • Francoise Gilot
  • Françoise Gilot
  • Marie Françoise Gilot
Spouses
Children
Nationality
  • United States of America
  • France
Profession
Education
  • University of Cambridge
Lived in
  • Neuilly-sur-Seine

Submitted
on July 23, 2013

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