Every year, in anticipation of spring break or summer days, I find some excuse to post this Robert Capa photograph. But to do it one more time feels like a bit much, so instead I'm offering examples of Francoise Gilot's work.
This owl necklace, sold just a few weeks ago at Christie's, was actually a collaboration between Gilot and Picasso in 1948.
Christie's explains that Picasso and Gilot used Surrealist principles in their design, juxtaposing ornaments that were unexpected at the time. And, as many of you may know, the owl was one of Picasso’s favorite animals. (I have to admit the irregular stone reminds me of Megan's inspired post about sliced agate pendants.)
[The famous owl cover on Goodbye Picasso. Click here for more. Image courtesy Paris Hotel Boutique.]
Above, another painting recently sold by Christie's, Gilot's Autoportrait avec Collier Bleu, a tiny oil on board (7½ x 5½ inches), painted in 1945.
[Copyright © 2002-2009 Bonhams 1793 Ltd.]
Gilot's abstract composition, an oil on canvas with citrus hues, was sold at auction by Bonhams in 2007.