Gilot was born in Neuilly-sur-seine, France and graduated from the L’Ecole de Beaux-Arts in Paris in 1945. Before meeting Pablo Picasso at the age of 21, she was a painter of the Post-World War II School. Gilot is considered by some to have been his muse, but her artwork speaks for itself, characterized by organic forms and sharp angles. In 1953, Gilot left Picasso and continued to make art, maintaining studios in La Jolla, New York, and Paris. Her later work features saturated color relationships and structured compositions, and today her practice has expanded to include printmaking techniques such as monographs and aquatints.