Life was sweet for Picasso during his 10 years of romance and cohabitation with Françoise Gilot, from 1943 to 1953. Or so it would seem, judging by “Picasso and Françoise Gilot: Paris-Vallauris, 1943-1953,” a wonderful exhibition at Gagosian Gallery.
The Picasso of these years — he was in his 60s and early 70s — seems to revel in the joys of family and domesticity. Gone are the moonstruck years with Marie-Thérèse Walter and the violently conflicted ones with Dora Maar.
The crazy-old-man last act is yet to come. Looking at pictures here of his young children Claude and Paloma at play, you can imagine yourself seeing through the eyes of a loving, benevolent father — who just happens to be the most inventive artist of the 20th century.