Girl with a Crown

Françoise Gilot (French, b. 1921)
Sheet : 27 3/8 x 20 7/8 in. (69.53 x 53.02 cm)
Mat : 36 x 30 in. (91.44 x 76.2 cm)
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Gift of Kathleen Verduin
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Francoise Gilot first began taking drawing and painting lessons at age six and by age twenty was already recognized as a rising talent in the Parisian art world. In 1943, Gilot met Pablo Picasso at a restaurant and soon became his student, lover and muse. Gilot’s relationship with Picasso lasted for ten years and she had two children with him. Although she was influenced by Picasso, Gilot ultimately developed her own distinctive modernist style characterized by her use of complex forms and bold colors. This print was commissioned in 1967 by Philip and Muriel Berman, major patrons of Gilot’s who ran a profitable business empire headquartered in Eastern Pennsylvania. A couple of years after this print was made, the Bermans introduced Gilot to to Jonas Salk, discoverer of the polio vaccine, to whom she was married from 1970 to 1995.

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