Friday, May 11, 2012

Picasso and Françoise Gilot at the Gagosian

Last Saturday after art class I walked over to the Gagosian Gallery at 980 Madison Avenue (between 76th and 77th Streets) to see Picasso and Françoise Gilot: Paris–Vallauris 1943–1953.

It was a great show, not quite as broad and varied as Picasso and Marie-Thérèse: L’amour fou last year but nevertheless full of striking images. Picasso seemed to see Gilot as cool, willowy creature, somewhat distant and impenetrable. Her imagery was full of graceful verticality with a sort of botanical element.

Gilot was 21 when she met Picasso. She was also an artist and the show included a few of her paintings. The most interesting ones were those that didn't have Picasso's overt influence, especially her early portraits and still lifes. I wished she had explored her own style but I guess that would have been hard to do with prolonged and constant exposure to Picasso's work.

The exhibit also included several archival photographs as well as Picasso's paintings of their children. Catch it while you can. The show closes on June 30, 2012.

Femme au Collier Jaune (1946)

Femme au Fauteuil N. 1 (d’Après le Rouge) (1949)

La Femme au fauteil (1948)

La femme-fleur (Françoise Gilot) (1946)

Maternité (1948)

Enfant Dans Sa Voiture (1949)

Paloma et sa poupée (1952)

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