- Françoise Gilot
- Tête de femme (Geneviève)
- Signed F. Gilot (lower right); dated 1953 and inscribed (Portrait of G-A-) "Geneviève" (on the reverse)
- Oil on panel
- 39 1/4 by 32 in.
- 100 by 81 cm
Gallery Yares, Scottsdale
Françoise Gilot, New York & Paris
Acquired from the above circa 1991
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Geneviève was not at all supportive of Françoise’s relationship with Picasso and tried to convince her that it could ultimately prove to be catastrophic. The friction between Picasso and Geneviève, both vying for Gilot’s attention, erupted in a break in the friendship, and Gilot remained out of contact with Geneviève during the years Gilot lived with Picasso (1946-1953). Absent from Gilot’s life and also from her work during these years, we do not see images of Geneviève reappear until 1953, initially with drawings and then with the present work.
Geneviève can be seen in many paintings and hundreds of drawings and watercolors in the following five decades. She is the most recognizable leitmotif in Gilot’s oeuvre if one knows how to recognize her Athenian features and voluminous hair (see fig. 1)
The present work is very evocative of Gilot’s style of this period. The vibrant color palette and harmonies, the swirls of Geneviève’s raven black hair, the overall visual integration through rhyming of line and form emerge here to become hallmarks of Gilot’s artistic trajectory.