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Jun 22, 2016

Hungary to exhibit rare Picasso muse artwork

Hungarian painter Endre Rozsda will also be showcased

An exhibition by Picasso’s muse Françoise Gilot is coming to Hungary next month, it has been announced.

The highly-anticipated exhibition will be held at Budapest’s Várfok Gallery between July 1st and 31st, with a preview on the evening of June 30th.

This showcase is designed to provide a bold insight into the artist's colorful oeuvre and will feature paintings as well as graphic works of a variety of genres taken from different periods.

The exhibition will also include works by Hungarian painter Endre Rozsda, a close friend of Gilot until his death, and whose workshop in the 1940s was the scene of the beginning of Gilot’s artistic journey.

From her early childhood, Gilot was interested in art and attended a number of leading academies before she met Picasso in 1944.

Thanks to two works written by Gilot, also published in Hungary (‘Life with Picasso’, 1964 and ‘In the Arena with Picasso’, 2004), her relationship to one of the best known art masters of the 20th century is well documented.

It is of little surprise therefore that the development of her painting could not escape the influences of Picasso.

However, from the mid-1950s this influence waned and she subsequently found her own mature style and international recognition.

Lance and Jane Hattatt, friends of the Várfok Gallery, who are organizing a private VIP tour in English on July 6th, have said that they are proud to be part of such an important exhibition.

“The Várfok Gallery has been working with Françoise Gilot since 2000 and this will be the seventh exhibition of her work."

“We are extremely proud to be associated with this exhibition, and with a gallery that not only showcases artistic excellence but also encourages newly emerging artists to develop their talents,” said Lance Hattatt.

At 94 years-old, Gilot, the last living witness of the 20th century’s artistic development, continues both to work and attain international success on the art scene.

The main image used with this story is the Oriental City II. painted by Françoise Gilot in 1977, on display at the Várfok Gallery during this exhibition.

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