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20th century modern & contemporary

"Correct Dealer for The Artist Francoise Gilot" 


Meet The Artist



We want to say THANK YOU to our Family of Francoise Gilot Collectors for a fantastic 2018.  Last summer, Madame Gilot rose in ranking from #278 among significant living artists to #52 and Galerie Patrick was determined to be the "Correct Dealer" for Francoise Gilot artworks worldwide. This according to research at Artnet, the world's largest online art database.

Visit Gilot's New York Studio & Meet The Artist

As the longtime Director of The Vincent Mann Gallery in New Orleans where Françoise Gilot was represented for over 45 years, I assisted clients, museums and curators from around the world with building beautiful, valuable and important collections of fine works of art by this living modern master.  Over the years, a lasting relationship with Madame Gilot and her wonderful family evolved that transcends the traditional artist/gallery relationship, and our friendship is something I deeply cherish. I am humbled that I have been invited to act as the private dealer for her collection privé. 

View Our Collection at 1301 North Rampart Street in New Orleans

(Located in the historic Colonial Building next to the  French Quarter)

Contact me for purchasing, pricing, private showings and consignments:

PATRICK WEATHERS - Private Dealer - The Françoise Gilot Collection Privé

New Orleans - New York

By Appointment Only


Françoise Gilot - CBS SUNDAY MORNING - AUG. 20, 2017

 It  was in 1943, during the German occupation of Paris, that Françoise  Gilot met Pablo Picasso. She was 21; he was 61. Gilot would later write,  "It was a catastrophe I didn't want to avoid." Now 95, Gilot talks with Anthony Mason about her life as an artist.

Biographies & Timelines

Françoise Gilot - Artist


  • Françoise Gilot was born in 1921 in Paris, France to Emile Gilot and  Madeleine Renoult-Gilot. Her father was an agronomist and her mother was  an artist specializing in watercolors and ceramics. Her father was  overbearing and had very different ideas for Françoise’s life than she  had for herself. At the age of 5 after attending a party at her  grandmother’s house, Gilot determined that she wanted to be an artist.  Her mother Madeleine began tutoring her in watercolors at age 7, and in  1934 Gilot began taking weekly classes with her mother’s old art teach,  Mlle. Meuge. In this same year, Gilot met Genevieve at her school.  Genevieve would play a large role in her early art, as well as being a  close and intimate friend to Gilot throughout their adolescence and  young adulthood. Gilot set up her first studio in 1938 in her  grandmother's attic.

  • She  achieved a BA in Philosophy from Sorbonne, and completed an English  degree at Cambridge. In 1939 near the beginning of the war, Gilot was  sent by her father to law school in Rennes, where she was pushed to  pursue international law. Much of Gilot’s early work was destroyed in  World War II. In 1940, during a protest, Gilot was one of many placed on  a list of hostages that were not allowed to leave the city of Paris and  had to report to local authorities every morning. The Germans were very  suspicious of French law students, so Gilot leaves during her second  year and becomes a secretary for her father’s business as well as a  fashion designer. In 1941 her father paid for Gilot to be taken off the  list, but she could not yet safely resume her studies.

  • Françoise with children Paloma and Claude
  • The first meeting between Gilot and Pablo Picasso  occurred in 1943, when they were dining next to one another in a  restaurant. He approached her table with a bowl of cherries and started  talking to Gilot and friend Genevieve. At the time, Gilot and Genevieve  were putting on a show, which they invited Picasso to see. He did, much  to the delight of Gilot. Around this time, Gilot made the final decision  to fully embrace her artistic career, which caused her to become  estranged from her father. During the next three years Picasso and Gilot  saw much of each other as she continued to work on her art and travel.
  • In  1946, Picasso convinced a reluctant Gilot to move in with him, and they  began their romance. After some convincing from Picasso, Gilot gave  birth to their first child, Claude, in 1947. The new family moved to Vallauris in 1948, following the start of Picasso’s interest in ceramics.  Their second child, Paloma, was born in 1949. Gilot and Picasso would  split their time between Vallauris and Paris, as they worked on their  art and raised their children. One of the reasons that Picasso was  attracted to Gilot was because she was his intellectual equal. She  became the only woman to leave Picasso in 1953, after enduring his  temper for 10 years.

  • Françoise and Luc Simon
  • In  1954, Gilot met Luc Simon, an artist, and the two married in 1955.  Together they had a daughter, Aurelia, and though they had a happy  marriage, eventually they split in 1961, remaining on good terms. During  this time, Gilot faced some backlash from ending her relationship with  Picasso. An art dealer who used to exhibit her work terminated her  contract due to pressure from Picasso, his other client. In 1957 Gilot  obtained a new contract with Galerie Coard and continued to create and  exhibit her work in Paris. 

  • Throughout the mid-1960’s her reach grows,  and she began to exhibit internationally.
  • Gilot published "Life with Picasso " in 1964, which gave an incredible, and overall not glowing, account of  her life with the artist. Picasso was outraged and sued three times in  an attempt to stop further publishing of the book. He failed in each and  eventually admitted defeat to Gilot in the last conversation they ever  had.
  • In 1970 Gilot married Jonas Salk, the creator of the polio  vaccine. They had a happy marriage that ended with his abrupt death in  1995. Since then, and during this time, Gilot continued to create her  art and exhibit all over the United States and the world. She spent much  of her time between La Jolla, where Salk lived, and New York and Paris  where she maintained studios. Her vast oeuvre speaks for itself and the  incredible life that Gilot has built with her own two hands.

  • Françoise Gilot – Selected Bibliography                     

  • Gilot,   Françoise, and Lake, Carlton. Life with Picasso
  • New York/ Toronto/ London: McGraw-Hill, 1964.
  • ISBN: 64-2327

  • California: The Press, 1975
  • ISBN: 83-061745

  • Gilot,   Françoise. The Fugitive Eye
  • Paris: Aeolian Press, 1976
  • ISBN: B0012TJRY    

  • Giraudy,   Danièle and Haskell, Barbara. Gilot, Françoise: An Artist’s Journey
  • New York: The Atlantic Monthly Press, 1987.
  • ISBN: 0-87113-158-7 (hc)
  • 0-87113-215-X (pbk    

  • Ahrweiler,   Helene and Solodkin, Judith. Françoise   Gilot:  Monotypes
  • Paris: Bergguen, 1989
  • ISBN: 2-904772-22-    

  • Gilot,   Françoise. Matisse and Picasso: A   Friendship in Art
  • New York: Doubleday, 1990
  • ISBN: 0-385-26044-X                                                   

  • Huffington,   Arianna. The Gods of Greece: Paintings by Françoise Gilot
  • New York: Kenan Book Inc., 1993
  • ISBN: 0-87113-554-X

  • Yoakum,   Mel, Ph.D. Stone Echoes: Original   Prints by Françoise Gilot
  • Collegeville, Pennsylvania: Phillip and Muriel Berman Museum of Art at   Ursinus College, 1995
  • ISBN: 0-9624021-7-6
  • Yoakum,   Mel and Vierny, Dina. Françoise Gilot: Monograph 1940-2000
  • Lausanne, CH: Acatos, 2000
  • ISBN: 2-940033-36-6
  • Engel,   Aurelia with Gilot, Françoise. Françoise Gilot: Oeuvres (Works) 1984-2010 
  • ArtAcatos Sàrl, 2011 
  • ISBN: 9-782940 452071

  • Richardson,   John with Gilot, Françoise. Picasso and Françoise Gilot: Paris – Vallauris, 1943-1953
  • Gagosian Gallery, New York
  • Gilot,   Francoise & Alther, Lisa. About Women: Conversations Between a   Writer and a Painter 
  • Nan Talese Books, an imprint  of Doubleday, 2015
      ISBN-10: 038553986X
  • Herwig, Malte. The   Woman Who Says No
  • Greystone Books, Ltd., 2015 
  • ISBN: 978-1-77164-227-9

  • Films:
  • Charlie Rose:  An Hour with French   painter Françoise Gilot (Interview, February 13, 1998)
  • Available at
  • “Surviving Picasso” (1996) film by Merchant   & Ivory based on Gilot’s book “Life with Picasso.” Starring Sir   Anthony Hopkins as Pablo Picasso, and Natasha McElhone as Françoise   Gilot.  
  • “Matisse/Picasso” (2002) A film by Philippe  Kohly. Narration includes interviews  with Françoise Gilot & Claude Picasso. 

  • Charlie Rose:  Françoise   Gilot and John   Richardson (Interviewed on May 17, 2012) Duration 60   min
  • Available at   

  • Recent   Press

  • Sunday, October 23, 2011
  • New York Times - “Stealing the Show” by Carol Vogel
  • Vogue Magazine – May 2012 “Life After Picasso” – p. 554
  • By Dodie Kazanjian, Photograped by Tina Barney
  • Saturday/Sunday November 8-9, 2014
  • Wall Street Journal – Weekend Edition   “Matisse And Me” Edited from an interview with Robert   Murphy
  • October 27, 2015
  • New York Times – Arts Section “Teaming Up to Pair Art and Ballet in   American Ballet Theater’s ‘AfterEffect’”
  • By Rosalyn Sulcaso
  • December 4, 2015
  • New York Times – Book Review “About Women” By Phyllis Rose
  • Dec/Jan 2016
  • Town & Country Magazine – “Muse & Master” By Lesley M. M.   Blume 
  •  February 3, 2016
  • Wall Street Journal – Home &   Digital  “All the Reasons an Artist Treasures an Old   Necklace” by Kristiano Ang
  •  2016 (air date t.b.d.)
  • CBS Sunday Morning– CBS Television
  •  August 20, 2017

Vanity Fair Magazine – “The Battle for Picasso’s   Multi-Billion Dollar Empire

  • Museums: Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York; McMullen Museum of Art, Boston, Massachusetts; New Orleans Museum of Art, New Orleans, Louisiana; Muskegon Museum of Art, Muskegon, Michigan; Musee d'Art Moderne, Paris; Musee Picasso, Antibes, France; Philip and Muriel Berman Museum of Art, Collegeville, Pennsylvania; National Academy of Design, New York; Musee de Tel Aviv, Tel Aviv, Israel; Women’s Museum, Washington, D.C.; Museum of Modern Art, New York; Biblioteque Nationale, Paris; El Paso Museum of Art, El Paso, Texas; Phoenix Art Museum, Phoenix, Arizona; Jacksonville Art Museum, Jacksonville, Florida; Palm Springs Desert Museum, Palm Springs, California; Witchita State University Museum, Wichita, Kansas; Fort Wayne Art Museum, Fort Wayne, Indiana; Ferris State College, Big Rapids, Michigan; Grand Rapids Art Museum, Grand Rapids, Michigan; Lehigh University, Bethlehem, Pennsylvania; Museum of the University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, New Mexico; University Art Museum, California State University, Long Beach, California; Scripps College, Claremont, California; and the National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne, Australia.

Patrick Weathers - Dealer


  • Patrick Weathers served as Managing Director and  Vice President of Bryant Galleries of New Orleans where he helped to Sheppard the careers of  many emerging American and international artists; Surrealist Augustine Ubeda (Spanish, 1925-2007) , awarded watercolorist Dean Mitchell (America, b. 1957), abstract expressionist Leonardo Nierman (Mexican, b. 1932) and PSA Master Pastelist Alan Flattmann (American, b. 1946) to name but a few. 
  • As New Orleans recovered from the devastation of Hurricane Katrina, Patrick began to work with his longtime friend and mentor, the legendary New Orleans dealer, Jacob Vincent Manguno.  Introducing his existing family of collectors to the extraordinary body of work created  by Pablo Picasso's former romantic and creative partner, artist Françoise Gilot (French; b. 1921).  

  • After a period of two years, Patrick's passion for Gilot's art and his ability to place her paintings with worthy collectors became apparent.  Manguno, then aged 83, decided not to retire, but instead, to relocate his "by appointment" gallery from a quiet side street to a bustling block of Royal Street in the New Orlean's French Quarter; the South's mecca of fine art and antiques for over a century.  Manguno invited Patrick to serve as his first and only Director of The Vincent Mann Gallery (1972-2017).  Patrick  hired and trained a staff and installed his proven process for the gallery's operation that had been so successful during his years with Bryant.

  • In 2008 The Vincent Mann Gallery, Gilot's largest and oldest gallery, was reborn.  It was here that the two men spent a decade planning, curating and directing a series of highly successful Gilot exhibitions. 

  • As the Gilot art market ignited in New Orleans, worldwide scholastic opinion of the artist also began to change.  By 2012, academic consensus  concurred with Patrick's premise that it was actually Gilot's influence on Picasso during their eleven year relationship that was profound, and not vice versa. This same idea would be put forth by Picasso biographer and leading British art historian, Sir John Patrick Richardson, in his 2012 publication, "Picasso and Francoise Gilot: Paris-Vallauris, 1943-1953".

  • Ultimately, it was Manguno's stellar reputation as a dealer, coupled with Patrick's ability to successfully present and place Gilot's artworks, that made this team most successful.

  • Over the years, Patrick developed a lasting relationship with Madame Gilot and her wonderful family, that transcends the traditional artist/gallery relationship.  So, when Jacob Manguno passed away at age 92 in 2017, Madame Gilot invited Patrick to serve as private dealer of her collection privé . 

  • In 2018,  Madame Gilot escalated in Artnet's ranking of the world's top 300 most significant living artists from position  278  to number 52, and Patrick was recognized by the same as Françoise Gilot's Correct Dealer. 

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