Françoise Gilot at the Leepa-Rattner Museum until July 7, 2013


Picasso and Gilot

The Leepa Rattner Museum of Art exhibition presents the work of French painter, Françoise Gilot, in relation with the influence Pablo Picasso had on her artistic career. Born in 1921, Gilot becomes the mistress of Pablo Picasso from 1943 to 1953.

Through this union, her work was much influenced by Pablo Picasso. He described her as the « Femme Fleur » (the Flower Woman), radiant but quite haughty. Following their separation, Gilot first marries French painter Luc Simon in 1962 and later marries Dr Jonas Salk until his death in 1995.

At age 92, Gilot’s fascinating life is reflected in her art. Painting twelve hours a day, she exhibits her work in New York, California and Paris.

Gilot has often distinguished her career as printer and printmaker. Running from May 5th to July 7th at the Leepa Rattner Museum of Art located on the campus of St. Petersburg College in Tarpon Springs, this national travelling exhibition created with the Terrail Collection will present 47 of Gilot’s prints.

To compliment and provide a context for Gilot’s work, the “Picasso in Print” exhibition presented simultaneously reflects Pablo Picasso’s life from the mid-1930s to the 1950s.

Article published May 6, 2013.

Last modified on 08/05/2013

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