“Women, especially pretty ones, often expect doors to fly open”, Françoise Gilot says. “The only way to reach the top strata of the art world—or any profession—is to ‘work like hell’ and have a unique vision. Are you capable of inventing something new?” she asks. “That’s where it starts.”
French artist Françoise Gilot, even at 94, is a force to be reckoned with.
The muse to Pablo Picasso when he was 61, and she, a mere 21 years of age, became not only the inspiration to his work and romantic life for a decade, but the mother of two of his children, Claude and Paloma.
And don’t get it twisted, Gilot was not a woman who lingered in Picasso’s shadow of art or fame; she built her own legacy as a stand-alone artist with over 5,800 pieces of work to show for it. Currently, Gilot can spend up to 20 hours a day working in her studio/home apartment in New York.
Also, a best selling author of the intimately revealing Life with Picasso, that caused Picasso to denounce any relation to her or anyone who favored the book, Gilot continues to express her experiences with her newest book on the demands, dilemmas, rewards of womanhood, About Women: Conversations Between a Writer and a Painter.