Françoise Gilot (born November 26, 1921) is a French painter and bestselling author. She was born to her parents, Emile and Madeleine Renoult-Gilot. She is also known as the lover and artistic muse of Pablo Picasso from 1944 to 1953, and the mother of his children, Claude Picasso and Paloma Picasso. She later married the American vaccine pioneer, Jonas Salk. Gilot was more than just Picasso's lover, she was a mother, organizer, muse, conversation partner, hostess, artist, and an art critic . In 1973 Gilot was appointed as the Art Director of the scholarly journal "Virgina Woolf Quarterly." In 1976 she was made a member of the board of the Department of Fine Arts at the University of Southern California. She held summer courses there and took on organizational responsibilities until 1983. Throughout the 80s and 90s she designed costumes, stage sets, and masks for productions at the Guggenheim in New York . She was awarded a Chevalier de la Légion d’Honneur, in 1990.