Let’s look at the facts: In Life with Picasso Françoise Gilot has tried to tell a story which no one else has lived and which is not dictated by an acolyte’s sense of. Portrait of Francoise Gilot Credit: Gjon Mili/The LIFE Picture Collection/Getty Images Pablo Picasso and Francoise Gilot in France in When Françoise Gilot decided to take her two young children and leave Pablo Picasso in , ending their ten-year relationship, the infuriated.

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Life with Picasso

Blue — Rose — African — Cubism — I would suggest that anyone reading this review should go and read this book for themselves. This is all pife and good, but at the end of the day, what can you say about someone who lives only for himself, abuses and manipulates those around him, just so he can play with his paints. However, the reader could discern that emotional detachment might have allowed her to continue as his companion for a decade.

Once he had your attention, there was much to be learned – for better or worse. When coffee is served, in fine china and on a trolley wheeled in by gjlot housekeeper in uniform, there is a sense we could be meeting at any point in the last years. I wish she would have focused more energy on personal details of their life together, as well as her own day-to-day activities, thoughts, etc. Feb 21, Dvora rated it really liked it Shelves: This book was written by Francoise Gilot, his mistress of ten years.

I bring mine to bear on one thing only; my francokse, and everything is sacrificed to it – you and everyone else, myself included. I also enjoyed reading about his various creative pursuits, from painting to ceramics and other things. As a result, Gilot became ambidextrous. This was a great read. A fascinating glimpse into the strange world of Pablo Picasso. And by an odd coincidence I started reading this right before I saw that the National Geographic Channel was beginning a series about Pablo Does this have any bearing on how I view his art?


It’s not up to me to make the choice. Then, just as abruptly, her fierceness subsides.

Jul 24, Shannon rated it really liked it. In her twenties, forty years younger than Picasso, when they meet, Gilot seems to have few illusions bilot where she might fit—she knows about Olga, Mrs.

The most amazing thing to me is her ability to quote long passages of dialog from memory.

Françoise Gilot

She understood and could discuss art very well, and that was one of her most important attributes for Picasso. There is plenty of fascinating insight into Picasso as an artist, his creative process, the inspirations and techniques that he employed. Inshe married Jonas Salk, a pioneering scientist who invented the first polio vaccine, and remained with him until he died in Picasso was emotionally cruel and abusive to all the women in his life.

On an easel in the centre of the room is a painting she recently bought back, that she painted in London in the 60s. A particular life is usually the focal point of a biography.

I felt like some of the recounted conversations with Picasso were more in Gilot’s words than Picasso’s if you read any interviews with her or The Woman Who Says No you will encounter the same kind of air of superiority. An artist herself, they could communicate on a different level from past relationships for either of them.

Picasso lecturing on Hegel? Her tumultous decade with Pablo is summed up with incredible detachment and a fine attention to detail or maybe that was her co-author taking some liberties? This picasos wih you seems like a window that is opening up.

But Francoise Gilot isn’t bitter about it. Told with humor and camera-like recall, Gilot paints a realistic portrait of what it was like to live with a genius of a creator and destroyer. After all, so much of her life was lived after Picasso. Gilot is a painter herself. Apr 23, Rick rated it liked it Shelves: Lists with This Book.


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That’s why I wish I could hold it back at the start. I was at an impasse for years, frustrated that I hadn’t broken through. I will read this again and wish I’d read it the first time with my highlighter. As the years passed it wasn’t enough to sustain the relationship.

Eventually, she finds it: She was mentored by the artist Endre Rozsda. Much like the young child who stomps his feet for attention feeling any is better than none, Picasso wanted to cause a stir, make you uncomfortable and even disturbed by what you saw – in his art and apparently in his life as well. You get the picture, he was a real dick. As I was reading this book, I wondered if Francoise was still living and she is! I’ve never been a Picasso fan, and yet artists always fascinate me.

I have to admit that I was never so much in love with anyone that I could not consider my own plan as interesting. One thing I really like is how she does have a rather chilly bearing, but you can also always see the raw beating heart underneath.

As a result she was put on a list of agitators, some of whom were later executed by the Germans. But otherwise — age-wise and in lots of other ways, we were not compatible. However, it does a certain insight into how the paintings, sculptures, prints and ceramics completed at this time came into being.