Françoise Gilot (French, b. 1921)

Even at the young age of 21, Françoise Gilot was one of the most respected artists of the emerging School of Paris, a movement struggling for recognition during the years of The Occupation.

In 1943, during the time of her first important exhibition in Paris, Françoise met Pablo Picasso, an artist 40 years her senior. In 1946, Gilot and Picasso began a decade-long relationship and Françoise became both a witness and a participant in one of the last great periods of the modern art movement in Europe. Their circle included poets, philosophers, writers, and many of the legends of the art world, such as Braque, Chagall, Cocteau, and Matisse.

Officier de la Légion d'honneur

After nearly 70 years as an artist, Françoise Gilot continues to conquer canvas with her own language of form and color. Her work, done in a variety of media, holds a vital place in the international art world and represents one of the most exciting collecting opportunities in contemporary art today.

Gilot is included in the permanent collections of the Museum of Modern Art in New York, the Musée Picasso in Antibes, Musée de Tel Aviv in Israel, the Women's Museum in Washington D.C., and Bibliothèque Nationale and Musée d'Art Moderne in Paris. In 1990 she received the
Chevalier de la Legion d'Honneur, for her work as a painter, writer and feminist. In 2010 she was made an Officer of the Legion d'Honneur, the French government's highest honor of the arts.

This extraordinary collection honors thirty-eight years of exhibition history between Françoise Gilot and the Vincent Mann Gallery. The collection comprises important early artworks from the period
1940-1960, selected by Françoise Gilot from her personal archives. Many of these oil paintings, drawings, and mixed-media works have never before been exhibited in the United States.

The Vincent Mann Gallery is honored to present these rare artworks for sale in "Collection Privée: Early Works by Françoise Gilot 1940-1960."

Artist’s Statement: Ever since I can remember, I was always preoccupied with the study of the human body, pencil or brush in hand. At school, I made caricatures of the teachers and I tried renderings of the other girls’ attitudes - all of which usually ended up confiscated, and destroyed, I suppose... [READ MORE]

A Tribute to Françoise Gilot – E. John Bullard, Director Emeritus, New Orleans Museum of Art
This 2011exhibition at the Vincent Mann Gallery of works by Françoise Gilot marks a nearly forty-year relationship between this great artist and New Orleans' longest operating gallery for contemporary art. This has been due to the keen eye and business acumen of Jacob Manguno, an artist himself and the gallery's founder, who has… [READ MORE]


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"Paloma in Satin (Paloma sur Fond Satiné)" (1971)
Color lithograph in two colors, edition of 50
Image: 25 ⅝ x 19 ¾"
Paper: 25 ⅝ x 19 ¾"
Framed: 35 ½ x 28 ½"

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"Venus " (1981)
Floating painting – acrylic on canvas L/L
Size : 104" x 91"

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Patrick Weathers
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The Vincent Mann Collection
New Orleans

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These rare and unique works were selected from the Gilot archives for this presentation. An opportunity is yours to share ownership with seasoned collectors, wonderful works by the remarkable artist Francoise Gilot.


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