Françoise Gilot 1940-1950

Photograph by Robert Capa, Magnum Photos

The web page was originally created to be used while viewing an exhibition at The McMullen Museum of Art at Boston College titled Françoise Gilot 1940-1950.   Gilot and Nancy Netzer (McMullen Museum of Art Director) "deliberatelty restricted the BC show to work from 1940 to 1950, the first decade of her career.  Gilot wanted BC students to see what she was doing when she was their age." (Boston Globe. August 27, 2000)

The following web sites will provide you with information to learn about and see works by a prominent artist of the 20th century.  She was influenced by Henri Matisse, was the muse of Pablo Picasso, and later married Jonas Salk (discoverer of the polio vaccine). She is the mother of Paloma and Claude Picasso.  She is the author of a number of books, including Life with Picasso (1964, reissued 1981), New York: McGraw-Hill.

1.  Read the following web pages to learn about the life of Françoise Gilot and how it intertwined with that of Pablo Picasso (40 years her senior).  Please peruse and/or skim these web sites in the order given.


2. Look at these links to see a brief sampling of Gilot's work:

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5.  Write a two-page (minimum) reaction to what you have learned about Gilot's life through your readings on the web and by seeing her works. Do not write a summary, simply reflect and react.