Françoise Gilot, ‘The Cry of Orestes’, 1967, KM Fine Arts

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

Solo Shows

LaGrange Art Museum, 
LaGrange, GA, USA,
Françoise Gilot: A Retrospective of Original Prints
Philip and Muriel Berman Museum of Art, 
Collegeville, PA, USA,
Transitions: Works by Françoise Gilot
Kunstsammlungen Chemnitz Museum, 
Chemnitz, Germany,
Françoise Gilot – Painting
Oceanside Museum of Art, 
Oceanside, CA, USA,
Transitions: Works by Françoise Gilot
Pécsi Kisgaléria, 
Pécs, Hungary,
Françoise Gilot – Painting
Chanel Nexus Hall, 
Tokyo, Japan,
A Life in Art: Françoise Gilot
Gallery-Museum Lendava, 
Lendava, Slovenia,
Space and timing: A Journey into the Unknown

Group Shows

Kasama Nichido Museum of Art, 
Kasama, Ibaraki Prefecture, Japan,
Picasso in Print: 20th Century European Masters
Gagosian Gallery, 
New York, NY, USA,
Picasso and Françoise Gilot: Paris - Vallauris 1943-1953
Musée de l'Orangerie, 
Paris, France,
Les Enfants Modèles: De Claude Renoir à Pierre Arditi

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