This article was first published in my newsletter "Notes From My French Easel" – January 2012.
Françoise Gilot, as painter, brings an artist’s view on Picasso’s life, like the photograph Brassaï did when he published a book on his encounters with Picasso. She can give an accurate description of Picasso’s technique for paintings, lithographs or sculptures.
Sunday Times' article reproducing the interview from the Sydney Morning Herald
This intimate portrait of Picasso shows a deep apreciation of his work but also describes how manipulative and cruel Picasso could be.
The book contains some interesting quotes from Picasso. Here are two examples:
“God is really only another artist. He invented the giraffe, the elephant, and the cat. He has no real style. He just keeps on trying other things.”
“If a sculpture is well done—if the forms are perfect and the volumes full—and you pour water from a pitcher held over the head, after it's run down, the whole sculpture ought to be wet."
Buy the book
- If you are in the US (Amazon affiliate link): Life With Picasso
- If you are in the United Kingdom (Amazon affiliate link): Life with Picasso
- Signature as an insurance certificate
- Picasso’s unusual linocut technique
- Picasso’s ephemeral works
- How Picasso showed his works in the studio