Françoise Gilot (French, born 1921) 'Le vase fond rouge'
Lot 188AR
Françoise Gilot
(French, born 1921)
'Le vase fond rouge'
Sold for £20,000 (US$ 31,296) inc. premium

Lot Details
Françoise Gilot (French, born 1921)
'Le vase fond rouge'
signed and dated 'F.Gilot 58' (lower left), signed and dated 'F.Gilot FEVRIER 58' (on the stretcher)
oil on canvas
65 x 46cm (25 9/16 x 18 1/8in).

Footnotes

  • PROVENANCE:
    with Maison de la Pensée Francaise
    Sale, Bonhams Knightsbridge, Modern Paintings, Drawings and Sculpture. To be Sold on Behalf of The Appeal for Amnesty for Spanish Political Prisoners and Exiles., 12 October, 1961
    Where purchased by the present owner

    The present work has previously appeared in these rooms as part of an evening sale in aid of the Appeal for Amnesty for Spanish Political Prisoners & Exiles that took place in 1961. The charity auction was inspired by the article The Forgotten Prisoners published earlier that year by British lawyer, Peter Benenson. The article, written after Benenson's discovery of two Portuguese students who had been imprisoned for raising a toast to freedom, led to the forming of Amnesty International and the worldwide campaign Appeal for Amnesty 1961. The catalogue forward was written by the artist Michael Ayrton, who had himself run away to fight in the Spanish Civil War as a precocious 15 year old. A cause close to his heart, Picasso had contributed one of his paintings to the sale and had written an open letter to his fellow artists requesting they do likewise. He succeeded in getting generous donations from, amongst others, Henry Moore, Augustus John, Max Ernst, John Piper, Victor Vasarely, Sidney Nolan, Julian Trevelyan, Kenneth Armitage , the widows of Raoul Dufy, Wassily Kandinsky, Fernand Leger, Albert Marquet and his ex lover and muse, Francoise Gilot.

    Francoise Gilot decided to become an artist at the age of 5 and, despite her father's insistence that she become an international lawyer, achieved her ambition with single-minded resolve. Although she became Picasso's partner Gilot developed her own style and was determined not to be overshadowed by him. They met in 1943 in a restaurant in Paris during the Occupation, and she eventually moved into Picasso's studio in 1946. The couple lived together for 10 years and had two children, Claude and Paloma, before Gilot, tired of Picasso's domineering attitude, resolved to go her own way.

    The present painting is one of a series of still lifes she completed in 1958 executed in muted half-tones and subtle glazes. It explores two of Gilot's favourite themes: colour and still lifes, which she also calls "Riddles of everyday life" (webiste The F.Gilot Archives, Themes in Gilot's Work). She often painted narcissi as they reminded her of the flowers in her parent's garden in Neuilly where she grew up.
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