Pablo Picasso's life and art took a dramatic turn at the age of 61 when he fell in love with a beautiful 21-year-old artist named Françoise Gilot, sparking a 10-year love affair. Now, for the first time, the Gagosian Gallery's exhibit “Picasso and Françoise Gilot: Paris–Vallauris, 1943–1953” brings together the work of these two artists, a collaboration between Gilot (who is now 90) and Picasso's biographer John Richardson. Creating a dual discussion of their visual and conceptual ideas, the exhibit is an in-depth look at their decade together. Picasso's new inspiration from his lovely muse led to passionate portrait paintings, such as Femme au collier jaune (1946) and Femme dessinant (Françoise) (1951), as well as works depicting their two young children (Claude and Paloma) at play. He also experimented with new mediums, including lithography, ceramics, and sculpture. Some of Gilot’s paintings on display show the dichotomy between her work and Picasso's. Though inspired by Picasso, her admiration of the Cubist painter Braque left a visible imprint on her works as well. “One of the things we want to establish is how she bounces off him, but how he bounces a little bit off her, too," Richardson recently told Vogue. "She drew very well, and she was a serious and extremely professional painter."
Tuesdays-Saturdays, 11 a.m. Starts: May 2. Continues through June 30, 2012