Pablo Picasso - Maya,
Picasso's Daughter with a Doll, 1938
Oil of Canvas
About Francise Gilot and her
children Paloma Picasso and Claude
After the liberation of Paris in 1944, Picasso began to keep company
with a young art student, Francise Gilot. The two eventually became
lovers, and had two children together, Claude, and Paloma. Uniquely
among Picasso's women, Francise eventually left Picasso in 1953 because
of his abusive treatment, and infidelities. This came as a severe blow
to Picasso, who was used to submissive women who lived for whatever
scraps of affection or attention he deigned to give them.
He went through a difficult period after Francise's departure, coming
to terms with his advancing age, and his perception that he was an old
man, now in his seventies, who was no longer attractive, but rather
grotesque to young women. A number of ink drawings from this period
explore this theme of the hideous old dwarf as buffoonish counterpoint
to the beautiful young girl.
Picasso was not long in finding another lover, Jacqueline Roque.
Jacqueline worked at the Madoura Pottery, where Picasso made and painted
ceramics. The two remained together for the rest of Picasso's life,
marrying in 1961. Their marriage was also the means of one last act of
revenge against Francise. Francise had been seeking a legal means to
legitimize her children with Picasso, Claude and Paloma. With Picasso's
encouragement, she had arranged to divorce her then husband, Luc Simon,
and marry Picasso to secure her children's rights. Picasso then secretly
married Jacqueline after Francise had filed for divorce in order to
exact his revenge for her leaving him.