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Francoise Gilot at 101 - Wall Art Prints

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An accomplished modern artist in her own right, Francoise Gilot met and fell in love with Picasso when she was 21 and he was 40 years her senior.

They met in Paris during the German occupation and had a ten year relationship during which they had two children together.

Now as she nears 101, she is 40 years older than he was then. I’ve painted her in a reflective mood looking into the distance featuring a ghostly mask of Picasso.

Reading into their life together, it appears to have been based on many inequalities. Francoise seemed to suffer a kind of fatal attraction for the painter, which I’ve tried to capture as a gravitational force literally ripping out one of her eyes and eyelashes. I’ve painted him with a hard uncompromising stare and a scorpion’s body.

Whilst Franco banned divorce, Picasso could have taken steps to divorce his first wife Olga Khokhlova, a Russian ballerina shown in the background. On discovering that she would be entitled to half his art he refused to consider it. Olga continued to impose herself into their lives by stalking and even physically attacking the much younger Francoise.

All of these elements inspired and motivated this work.

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