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Life with Picasso

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Francoise Gilot was a young painter in Paris when she first met Picasso - he was sixty-two and she was twenty-one. During the following ten years they were lovers, worked closely together and she became mother to two of his children, Claude and Paloma. Life with Picasso, her account of those extraordinary years, is filled with intimate and astonishing revelations about the ...more
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Published 1990 by Virago (London) (first published January 1st 1964)
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Jul 15, 2015 FeReSHte rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

کتاب در واقع اتوبیوگرافی فرانسوا ژیلو ، معشوقه ی پیکاسوست از مدت ده سالی که با پیکاسو زندگی می کرده...این کتاب یازده سال بعد از جدایی این دو به چاپ رسید و علی رغم همه تلاش های پیکاسو برای جلوگیری از توزیعش به چندین زبان ترجمه شد و به فروش بالایی رسید
پیکاسو بعد از انتشار این کتاب، هرگز دو فرزندی که از فرانسوا داشت رو ملاقات نکرد

وقتی کتاب رو میخوندم به نظرم اومد که شامل دو قسمت میشه.جایی که ژیلو از زندگی خصوصیشون، طرز برخورد، رفتار، باورها و عقاید پیکاسو صحبت میکنه که در نوع خودش خیلی برای همه می
Oct 09, 2008 Tom rated it it was amazing
Shelves: biography
Fiercely candid but even-handed portrait of Picasso, but the real hero of this book is Gilot herself. Despite all of his manipulations, Gilot provides a detailed insider's view of a great artist at work. And perhaps even more moving is the story of a young woman commiitted to her own art, even in the presence of a such a giant figure i 20th c. art (and a giant ass in his personal life).
Caddy Rowland
Aug 28, 2013 Caddy Rowland rated it it was amazing
I have never had it take me so long to finish a book that I really loved, but life has been crazy. I finally finished yesterday and found this book to be an intriguing, fascinating, and revealing book about one of the greatest artists of all time.

Being a painter myself, I have always admired Picasso and he had always been the one person who is dead that I longed to meet. To have spent time with him painting would have been wonderful.

Or so I thought. I had heard that he was an asshat, but this b
Sep 03, 2014 Amir rated it really liked it
تصادف جالبی بود که موقع خوندن همان عشق یان آندرهآ این کتاب رو دیدم و گرفتم. همان عشق حکایت سالهایی هست که یان آندرهآی جوان با مارگارت دوراس گذرونده و این کتاب هم از سالهای زندگی فرانسواز ژیلوی جوان میگه با پابلو پیکاسو. کتاب کتاب مهمی هست. اولا فرانسوا ژیلو با حافظه ی حیرت انگیز خودش جزئیاتی رو از زندگی با پیکاسو به خاطر میاره که گاهی آدم خیال می کنه که این ها رو داره از خودش در میاره. اما ژیلو با صراحت حتی از خاطراتی میگه که شاید نقل شدنش به ضرر خودش باشه. پس به نظر میشه اعتماد کرد به این حافظه ...more
Jun 25, 2007 Khadijeh rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I adore this book so far...good for the artsy soul, but it contains all kinds of philosophical, provocative gems of thought.
Oct 11, 2010 Molly rated it really liked it
Recommended to Molly by: Alex E. Pajares
Shelves: memoirs
Picasso for me has always been a legendary artist whose work flew way over my head - though visually it managed to capture my attention. After reading this memoir from his long-time girlfriend/de facto wife I learned that his art was intended to be bold enough to get me to pay attention so that I would then stop and think. Much like the young child who stomps his feet for attention feeling any is better than none, Picasso wanted to cause a stir, make you uncomfortable and even disturbed by what ...more
Oct 21, 2010 Mandy rated it liked it
A fascinating glimpse into the strange world of Pablo Picasso. Seen through the eyes of Francoise Gilot, a young painter, who lived with Picass and bore him two children.
Picasso is shown to be a completely selfish man, who demands a lot of those around him. Loving his young children he is not so kind to the adults who surround him. He seems to have been a man of many moods who was difficult to be with.
I found the book extremely interesting in that it shows one side of Picasso's relationships w
Apr 23, 2008 Rick rated it liked it
Shelves: non-fiction
Picasso’s mistress from about 1943 to 1953, told her story with the able assistance of Carlton Lake a decade after the fact. The Spaniard is, of course, a petulant, selfish, superstitious, manipulative, petty-tyrant. This isn’t Gilot’s revelation. It was well-known in his circle and is now a given in even the magisterial biography of John Richardson. But she does show us Picasso without loading the scale with her thumb. Indeed the book is dedicated “to Pablo.” Instead, Gilot writes with a gracef ...more
Mar 08, 2014 Dvora rated it really liked it
Shelves: france, art, memoir
I'm not much of an intellectual (although I enjoy their company) and certainly not when it comes to art. I've never been a Picasso fan, and yet artists always fascinate me. Gilot is a painter herself. She understood and could discuss art very well, and that was one of her most important attributes for Picasso. The parts of the book where she talked about the how and why of Picasso's painting and sculpture were the least interesting for me. But the rest -- his character, their friends, the war ye ...more
Teri Robus
May 23, 2014 Teri Robus rated it really liked it
As I was reading this book, I wondered if Francoise was still living and she is! I loved her book and was astounded she lasted as long as she did with him.
May 18, 2009 Christine rated it liked it
Picasso is even meaner than you ever imagined him to be. But Francoise Gilot isn't bitter about it. Her tumultous decade with Pablo is summed up with incredible detachment and a fine attention to detail (or maybe that was her co-author taking some liberties?) Great insight into a great, tortured man and one of the woman who made him great. The question we should be asking is why did international recognition escape Gilot (a talented painter in her own right)?
Jul 17, 2015 MaiAda rated it it was amazing
the whole time i was reading this book i had "pablo picasso" by the modern lovers stuck in my head.

"Well some people try to pick up girls
And get called assholes
This never happened to Pablo Picasso
He could walk down your street
And girls could not resist his stare and
So Pablo Picasso was never called an asshole...."

but anytime some one was around me while i was reading they had to listen to me cry out to them several times: "pablo picasso was SUCH an asshole!" with a subsequent explanation.

Aug 29, 2015 Bblaire rated it liked it
it has been a very surpraising book since i never expected to discover some aspects of picasso's personality. some times it was actually hard for me to continue my reading because of that aspects but also because it ached my heart some details of françoise's life -her mutual life with pablo, and what she get used to. but the end is beautiful and reflects the strong woman she was all the way inside.
Tom Schulte
Jan 31, 2015 Tom Schulte rated it really liked it
Shelves: bio

Not the first woman in Pablo then already a father twice over, and not the last, Françoise Gilot was there from the closing months of the Paris occupation to the post-pottery years of a septuagenarian Picasso. An artist herself and the model for La Femme-Fleur, the love affair between Pablo Picasso, aged 61, and Françoise Gilot opens Act I of a story that covers much about Picasso's approach to and passion for creation, as well as moody narcissism and vindictiveness as well as the panoply of lum
Nov 15, 2015 Helen rated it it was amazing
I loved this book and its window into the private life of Picasso as told by his long time companion, Francois Gilot. According to Carleton Lake, who spent time with both over the years and who collaborates with Gilot on this book, Gilot has almost total recall of the events she recounts which make her descriptions of the events surrounding their relationships and the conversations between her and Picasso and Picasso and Matisse and Picasso and the other men and women in his life particularly fa ...more
Elizabeth Brantlee
Very interesting read. Not a romance, but instead it is a deep account of life with Picasso. I found it very interesting to read about his personality which seems like a that of a psychopath.
Ahmad Sharabiani
Vivre avec Picasso, Françoise Gilot (1921)
عنوان: زندگی با پيکاسو؛ نویسنده: فرانسواز ژیلو؛ مترجم: لیلی گلستان؛ مشخصات نشر: تهران، آگاه، 1378، در 416 ص.، مصور، عکس، شابک: 9644161157؛ موضوع: پابلو پیکاسو، 1881 تا 1973، سرگذشتنامه نقاشان فرانسه، نویسندگان قرن 20 م

Life with Picasso, Françoise Gilot (1921)
عنوان: زندگی من با پیکاسو؛ نویسنده: فرانسواز ژیلو؛ مترجم: علیرضا گران نظر؛ ویراستار: محمد افتخاری؛ مشخصات نشر: تهران، ماه ریز، 1381، در 288 ص، شابک: 9647049021؛ موضوع: پابلو پیکاسو 1881 تا 1973 م، سر
May 19, 2016 Dina rated it really liked it
Raamat annab üsna detailirohke pildi Picasso argielust ja mõttemaailmast, sh sisaldab Picasso enda tsitaate-põhjendusi oma loomingule ja mõtisklusi kunsti- jm teemadel. Ehkki raamatus on nägemus Picassost tema elukaaslase silmade läbi, on öeldud, et just Francoise (Picasso elukaaslane 1943-1953, kes sünnitas sel ajal Picassolt kaks last) tabas kõige paremini seda, milline Picasso tegelikult on. Francoise'i köidab Picasso, kuigi mees on enamasti isekas, manipuleeriv, ebausklik, emotsionaalne ja v ...more
Jun 17, 2015 Supermanoo rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: non-fiction, art

الكتاب سيرة ذاتية للفترة اللي قضتها فرانسواز مع بابلو بيكاسو لمدة سنوات
بيكاسو إعتبر الكتاب تهجم عليه لما فيه من تفاصيل دقيقة لحياته وسلوكه ،وولعه بالنساء، هذا اللي لاحظته يمكن الشيء الإيجابي لمن كانت تشرح فلسفته في أعماله الفنية.
يوجد شرح لبعض لوحاته و أعماله الفنية في طريقة بناءها وسبب عملها بشكل مطّول، و تشرح بعض علاقات الصداقة والمفضلة عندي علاقته مع ( جورج براك، كانوايلر) يعرفوا كيف يتعاملوا معاه مزبوط :P

شخصية بيكاسو من الكتاب:
he can make fine art from trash.
you're sad! and yo
Apr 30, 2011 Leslie rated it really liked it
This book is interesting and tragic. Picasso was articulate about art, and particularly his art. Francoise has concluded that this ability arose from his surrounding himself from early on with writers and poets with whom he had talked about his art. She went to live with him when she was in her early 20's and he in his 60's. They had two children together over the next 10 years. Her voice is quite direct, stoic, and reasonable, and she does a good job of not playing up Picasso's pettiness and ch ...more
Aug 14, 2014 Dierregi rated it really liked it
Shelves: biographies
I was never a fan of biographical books, but after having read "Life" by Keith Richard and having found it quite interesting, I decided to give it another try. I selected this one because some weeks earlier I read an interview with Gilot, who claimed her career as a painter was greatly damaged by her personal relation with Picasso.

Her memoir of the years she spent with the famous Pablo is quite vivid and interesting even after all these years. We can really understand and symphatise with the you
Jul 23, 2013 Elizabeth rated it it was amazing
I read this book about 40 years ago while I was going to art school and I loved it just as much today.
Ever since I saw the famous photo of Picasso holding the beach umbrella for her, I have been interested in Francoise Gilot. Who was this woman? She was so much more than Picasso's muse, his companion for 10 years and mother of two of his children, Claude and Paloma. Francoise was a great painter in her own right. Throughout the book, she reveals fascinating conversations with Picasso – his phil
Rob Innis
Jan 12, 2015 Rob Innis rated it liked it
An insight into the man, his relationships, friends and maybe more importantly his thinking behind the paintings and his many other art forms. At times he appears a petulent over indulged man constantly creating mayhem at other times loving and doting father/friend. Obviously a complex character with unique inspiration and ideas and views on what art should be. I have never been a great fan but now armed with a new insight I shall view work with a different outlook.
Sep 12, 2009 Peg rated it really liked it
Ran across the book by accident in the biography section while searching for another book. Decided to read the book in conjunction with a local Picasso exhibit re Picasso and his writing. Book written back in 1960 by one of his many mistresses - Francoise Gilot. She had two children by him, including Paloma Picasso, during the ten years she lived with him. Their 40-year disparity in age was considered scandalous by some.

Easy and quick to read. Reads like a soap opera, and paints an extremely po
Jan 08, 2013 Melanie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I think it tragic that the artistic career of such a brilliant and talented woman was somewhat sabotaged by Picasso who treated her like a commodity and overshadowed her work. Thankfully, she was strong enough to escape his grip while many of his former muses never got over him. Two of his former lovers met their fate by committing suicide. I found it fascinating the hold he had over women. And his art followed his life. Dora Mar, the weeping woman, Fernande Olivier, his first real love,inspired ...more
May 06, 2016 Suzydumeur rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Je me suis toujours intéressée au peintre et là j'ai voulu plus me pencher vers l'homme, à travers cette biographie qu'il a détesté, écrite par la compagne qui lui a donné deux enfants et qui a vécu avec lui pendant 10 ans. Autant l'artiste me fascine, autant l'homme est monstrueux... un vrai narcissique, brûlant tout sur son passage, manipulateur, cruel, tirant les ficelles de ses relations intimes. C'est le point de vue de Françoise Gilot certes, mais je ne vois pas pourquoi il faudrait en dou ...more
Isla McKetta
Jul 04, 2015 Isla McKetta rated it really liked it
Three and a half stars, really. What I loved most about the book was that Gilot was not just some nymph acolyte, but comes across as a person in her own right. But I sometimes tired of the repetitive descriptions of great artists of the time - including Picasso, I was over his behavior before she was.
Nardine Swaidah
Apr 30, 2014 Nardine Swaidah rated it it was amazing
Gilot is an extraordinary woman who lived in the shadows of picasso for so long that instead of fading out, she learned to reinvent herself again. It's a really nice book and a must - read for those who are particularly interested in knowing picasso better as a person.
Sep 03, 2012 Amorfna rated it really liked it
Odlična knjiga.

Francoise,bivša Pikasova žena,slikarka, majka njihovo dvoje dece, otvoreno o svom braku i odnosu sa Pikasom ali i o njenim prethodnicama i Pikasovom prijateljstvu sa velikanima tog doba.
Knjiga takođe pruža mnogo detalja o kreativnom procesu stvaranja Pikasovih slika i skulptura, tehnikama, inspiracijama.

Pikasova umetnost nikada nije bila sfera mog interesa a ova knjiga je donela i jedan novi pogled na njegovu ličnost, pogled na Pabla kao prilično bedno,okrutno i pose
Jun 10, 2013 Maggie rated it liked it
I am reading this primarily becuase one sees a lot of Picasso quotes around -- and they are electrifying. This was my first stop on the journey of finding a primary source for these quips, as I am not sure the man really wrote (aside from poetry, which I also have from the library and am picking at in fits and starts).

So I am not reading this for the scandalous side, which I rather skim through, but for the long passages in the beginning where Gilot talks about things she is learning from Picass
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