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Françoise Gilot (French, b. 1921), Mère et Enfant (Mother and Child), 1958, oil on canvas, signed

Françoise Gilot (French, b. 1921), Mère et Enfant (Mother and Child), 1958, oil on canvas, signed

Item Description:

Signed "F. Gilot" lower left, bearing a label on reverse from Galerie Coard, 32 Avenue Matignon, Paris, France, in a carved frame with a linen liner

A letter from Mme. Gilot confirming authenticity will accompany this piece


Appears fine. Please contact for specific condition questions. Not examined out of the frame. Lofty does not guarantee the condition or authenticity of frames.


The Estate of Lawrence (Larry) Carmel

By inheritance to the present owner, private collection, New York City, 2013


Sight: Height 8 11/16 in. x Width 6 5/16 in.

Frame: Height 16 1/2 in. x Width 14 in. x Depth 2 1/2 in.

About The Artist:

Françoise Gilot was born in France in 1921. Ahead of his time, her father, a businessman, had aspirations for his daughter to become either a lawyer or a scientist. She graduated from the Sorbonne with a B.A. in Philosophy in 1938 and from Cambridge University with a degree in English in 1939. However, against her father's wishes, inspired and encouraged by her mother, a watercolorist, Françoise, began to pursue her love of art. She had her first exhibition in Paris around 1943. Around that time, after a chance meeting in a café and a relatively short courtship, she embarked on a ten year relationship with the artist Pablo Picasso, forty years her senior, during which time she served as the famous artist's muse, the mother of two of his children, Claude and Paloma, as well as an artist in her own right. They were never married.

By 1953, the relationship with Picasso over, Françoise moved back to Paris with their children. By 1958, around the time this painting was executed, Françoise had married Luc Simon, a more supportive partner and also an artist, and given birth to her youngest daughter, Aurelia. This painting, depicting a mother and child, could have been inspired by Aurelia, who was about three years old at the time.

Divorced from Simon in 1962, Françoise continued her art and wrote a best-selling book published in 1964 titled Life with Picasso. In 1970, she married Dr. Jonas Salk, the inventor of the polio vaccine, whom she had met while visiting friends in La Jolla, California. Together they divided their time between La Jolla, New York City and Paris. From 1976 to 1983, Gilot became Chairperson of the Isomata Program at the Department of Fine Art at the University of Southern California, Idylwild, California. Dr. Salk died in 1995. Today Françoise Gilot lives in New York City and Paris, and has written several more books. She continues to exhibit her works and recently exhibited at Gagosian Gallery in New York City.


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