Françoise Gilot is a painter who read English Literature at the University of Cambridge and the British Institute in Paris, and graduated from the Sorbonne in 1938; the following year she graduated from the University of Cambridge. Her personal relationship with Picasso spanned the years 1944 to 195. The couple had two children: Claude (1947) and Paloma (1949). Picasso’s depiction of Gilot as the femme-fleur became daringly diagrammatic, with her face rendered in the most elementary and generalised way, and her body as quasi-geometric shapes linked by sweeping lines.
Woman in an Armchair [Françoise Gilot]
2 d’abril de 1947
Oil on canvas
92 x 72,5 cm
Musée national Picasso-Paris MP 1990-23. MP1990-23