Maggs Bros Ltd

Vivre Avec Picasso.

LAKE Carlton.; GILOT Françoise & (1965.)

£2250.00 

Available to view at our Curzon Street shop.

First French edition. Numerous photographic illustrations. 8vo. Original red printed wrappers, spine sunned and creased from reading, ink inscriptions & illustrations to front free endpaper & half title. 350pp. Paris, Calmann-Levy,

A wonderful presentation and gesture. Inscribed on the half title: "To Paul Richey and Diana McEvoy. Sincerely, F. Gilot. June 4 1968." The inscription is accompanied by a full page portrait of Diana.

Diana Richey describes the occasion: "Françoise Gilot came to visit us in our mews house in Mayfair with her friend Christian Bataille (Mme Maurice) in 1968. Paul and I were of course enchanted by her. I think she was surprised to find I was the proud owner of her brave and inspiring book Vivre avec Picasso and kindly offered to sign it. Françoise drew the sketch of me without comment, and it was not until after our visitors had left that to my delight I found it."

Although a fine artist in her own right, Gilot is still best known for her nine year relationship with Picasso from 1944-53, and being the mother of his children Claude and Paloma. At the age of 90, she continues to paint and a joint exhibition of her and Picasso's work was held at the Gagosian in New York in 2012. John Richardson, curator of the joint exhibition and author of the multi-volume biography of Picasso, describes Gilot's book as "fascinating and brilliant, and crucial to the understanding of Picasso."

Published despite Picasso's objections and legal challenge, her memoir sold over a million copies in several different languages. Such was his anger that Picasso is said to have ceased all communication with his two children as a result of it. In the book, she describes her relationship with Picasso as "a catastrophe I didn't want to avoid."

There is a further inscription on the book from Paul Richey, author of Fighter Pilot to Diana on the front free endpaper, dated September 16, 1965.

Kazanjian, (D.) "Life After Picasso: Françoise Gilot." in Vogue, April 27, 2012: http://www.vogue.com/magazine/article/life-after-picasso-franoise-gilot/#1

Stock Code: 212752