Françoise Gilot, ‘Ariane (self portrait)’, 1943, Doyle
Françoise Gilot, ‘Ariane (self portrait)’, 1943, Doyle
Françoise Gilot, ‘Ariane (self portrait)’, 1943, Doyle
Françoise Gilot, ‘Ariane (self portrait)’, 1943, Doyle

According to a former archivist for the Gilot Archives the drawing is quite special and is, in fact an early self portrait... I have had conversations with Francoise about this period and she talked about how she identified with the Greek legend of Ariane at that time and even "signed some of my drawings as Ariane"... only a few are extant and that was fhe first one I had ever seen... --Courtesy of Doyle

Signature: Signed and dated F. Gilot 43 (lr) and inscribed ARIANE (lr); inscribed indistinctly and signed by the artist on the verso ce dessin est l'etude d'un petit tableau intitled "Ariane" qui appartenait au peintre Dominguez - fond jame [sic] dessin noir et blanc il me semble. Il doit etre perdu - F. Gilot

About Françoise Gilot

Claiming, “I must cancel the emptiness of the canvas like an opening gambit in a game of chess,” Françoise Gilot came of age as an artist in the early 1940s, a member of the School of Paris, and has been pursuing a bold, Modernist vision in her paintings and prints ever since. She is perhaps best known for her decade-long relationship with Pablo Picasso, which began in 1946 and positioned her at the heart of the Modernist movement, within which she developed a vibrant career. Ranging from representational and narrative to entirely abstract, her compositions evince influences from Cubism and Fauvism. Gilot focuses equally on the structure of her compositions and the visual and emotional resonance of color as she does on the subjects animating them, including her family and memories, mythology, and the forces of nature, time, and space.

French, b. 1921, Neuilly-sur-Seine, France, based in Paris, France

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