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Alexandra Schwartz wrote a brilliant article for this week’s @newyorkermag (Issue: July 22, 2019) about Francoise Gilot’s book, ‘Life with Picasso’, currently in re-release by New York Review Books Classics. I remember reading this book when I was in college—while in the midst of the Art History portion of my degree—and absolutely loving it!
Gilot’s story of loving, living with, and finally leaving Picasso, as Schwartz writes, “shines, now, as a proto-feminist classic, the tale of a young woman who found herself in the thrall of a dazzling master and ended up breaking free.”
Gilot has always been an extremely talented artist in her own right and continues to paint and exhibit today at the age of 97! I highly recommend checking out some of her work, reading her book, and definitely go to The New Yorker’s website and read Schwartz’s article.
I kind of want to reread my own copy of Gilot’s book now—a 1964 first edition that I cannot for the life of me remember where I got it… maybe Second Story Books in DC?— but I don’t think I’ll have time this summer. But maybe next summer!