Picasso's late life
Picasso's emotional life became more complicated after he met French painter Franise Gilot in the 1940s, while he was still involved with Maar. He and Gilot had a son, Claude, and a daughter, Paloma, and both appear in many of his late works. Picasso and Gilot parted in 1953. Jacqueline Roque, whom Picasso married in 1961, became his next companion. They spent most of their time in the south of France. Another new direction in Picasso's work came from variations on well-known works by older artists that he recast in his own style. Among these works are Women on the Banks of the Seine, after Courbet (1950, Kunstmuseum, Basel, Switzerland) and Le Deuner sur l'Herbe after Manet (1960, Mus Picasso). What makes these works particularly significant is that they run counter to a basic
premise of modern art, Picasso's included: namely, originality. Although many modern painters were influenced by earlier artists, they rarely made such direct and obvious references to each other's work because they deemed such references unoriginal.