Francoise Gilot: Artist, writer and Picasso’s former lover, dies at 101

(LANKAPUVATH | COLOMBO) –Francoise Gilot, who emerged from the shadow of her lover Pablo Picasso to become acclaimed as an artist in her own right, has died at the age of 101.

An accomplished painter, Gilot also wrote a best-selling 1964 memoir detailing her tumultuous relationship with the Spanish giant of modern art.

She described the “hell” of being Picasso’s mistress and artistic muse.

France’s culture minister Rima Abdul Malak called Gilot “one of the most striking artists of her generation”.

Her “disappearance plunges the world of art into great sadness as her personality was bright and inspiring”, Malak said.

Huffington Post founder and Picasso biographer Arianna Huffington thanked Gilot for “the insights, love and wisdom you brought into my life”.

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