Françoise Gilot

French , 1921 -

Recently celebrating her 90th birthday, Françoise Gilot is actively creating and exhibiting her paintings, drawings, lithographs and monoprints. Also an author, Gilot has written about her former companion Pablo Picasso in Life with Picasso, Henri Matisse in Matisse and Picasso: A Friendship in Art and Stone Echoes: Original Prints by Françoise Gilot.

Françoise showed at Galerie Louise Leiris in her early years and then at Galerie Coard, in Paris. After making lithographs at Mourlot Atelier, Françoise also made lithographs at Tamarind Institute. While visiting La Jolla, CA, she met and married Jonas Salk. She spent the next 25 years living, working and exhibiting in Paris, New York and La Jolla. Floating Paintings and Monotypes by Françoise Gilot, opened at The Philip and Muriel Berman Museum of Art at Ursinus College, in Collegeville, Pennsylvania in 1997. She has been awarded a Doctorate of Fine Arts, Honoris Causa, from Hofstra University and Chevalier de la Legion d’Honneur by the President of the Republic and the Minister of Culture, and L’ordre National du Merite with the rank of Officier.

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