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The Women of Pablo Picasso: Françoise Gilot and Picasso (1943-1953)


Françoise Gilot and Picasso

In 1943 Picasso (age 62) then kept company with young art student Françoise Gilot (born in 1921).  Their two children were Claude (1947) and Paloma (1949) who was named for the dove of peace that Picasso painted in support of the peace movement post World War II.

Francoise Gilot by Picasso

Francoise Gilot by Picasso

Francoise Gilot and Picasso

Francoise Gilot and Picasso

Gilot, frustrated with Picasso’s relationships with other woman and his abusive nature left him in 1953.   Gilot’s book “Life with Picasso” was published 11 years after their separation.  In 1970 she married American physician-researcher Jonas Salk (who later died in 1995).

Françoise Gilot_photo

Françoise Gilot

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