Let’s look at the facts: In Life with Picasso Françoise Gilot has tried to tell a story which no one else has lived and which is not dictated by an acolyte’s sense of. Portrait of Francoise Gilot Credit: Gjon Mili/The LIFE Picture Collection/Getty Images Pablo Picasso and Francoise Gilot in France in When Françoise Gilot decided to take her two young children and leave Pablo Picasso in , ending their ten-year relationship, the infuriated.

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I loved this book from start to finish. I came away with the feeling that Picasso was a monster, not only to her, but to all his wives and girlfriends. I also come close to success. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

However, the reader could discern that emotional detachment might have allowed her to continue as his companion for a decade. You have to measure the quantity of danger that you can afford.

It was well-known in his circle and is now a given in even the magisterial biography of John Richardson. There gilott a 40 year age difference. To ask other readers questions about Life with Picassoplease sign up. Gilot crosses the room to a stack of canvases, which she starts heaving around, shooing me off when I try to help.

I was sort of in love with Francoise Gilot by the end. After all, so much of her life was lived after Picasso. I feel she believed she meant something special to him – just as all of those before her and after felt as well.


It was especially fascinating hearing how he explained his creative processes to her. I will read this again and wish I’d read it the first time with my highlighter. View all 4 comments.

I witth it to remain open Francoise Gilot was Picasso’s companion for many years, eventually having two children by him.

Archived copy as title link. I had other ideas. Order by newest oldest recommendations. See 1 question about Life with Picasso…. The descriptions of picaxso lengths to which Picasso went to assemble his astonishing sculptures were particularly interesting. She was an enabler and, in many ways, a doormat.

Many fancoise have been know as being hard to live with, but he truly took it to a level that was downright cruelty. Desire Caught by the Tail c. As one of the few intimate witnesses to Picasso as a human being and as an artist, her account of him is invaluable for assessing him on both counts.

In the end it’s all about painting for him. View all 12 comments.

The woman who said no: ‘My love affair with Pablo Picasso’

gliot Probably I was a bit ahead of my gllot. And then came Picasso. Surely, being involved with an artist of that magnitude threatened to overwhelm her own style and development? I wish she would have focused more energy on personal details of their life together, as well as her own day-to-day activities, thoughts, etc.

That same year, while on holiday in the Alps, she pointed out some aspect of the landscape to her father. Reading this book is invaluable to understanding Picasso the man as well as the artist.

Françoise Gilot

Because she often quotes Picasso telling her about people and events from earlier in his life, the time frame is broader than just their years together. Jul 01, Karen Yelton-Curtis rated it liked it. But the rest — his character, their friends, the war ye I’m not much of an liife although I enjoy their company and certainly not when it comes to giloot. I recommend this book. You have to say something on your own and you ought to be thinking, first and foremost, about that.


There was nothing more he liked to do than spread mean gossip or make people feel guilty that they didn’t treat him well enough. Then, just as abruptly, her fierceness subsides.

Life with Picasso by Françoise Gilot

No trivia or quizzes yet. This makes it sound like I hated the book. After Picasso’s and Gilot’s meeting she moved in with him in In the end, she was just another in his llife of discarded partners. By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. What a wonderful artist he was!

For a while, Gilot had to go the police station every day and sign a form, something she now thinks was a ploy to intimidate her father.

Open Preview See a Problem? I thought the last two sentences of ftancoise book a bit gratuitous, but what the heck. This page was last edited on 26 Novemberat