It was fairly predictable to see Hillary Clinton’s longtime friend Oscar de la Renta encouraging her to take a second shot at the Oval Office. It was interesting to see it happen at a fundraiser for the generally nonpartisan Carnegie Hall (“practice, practice, practice” is good advice for all), and in a style as elegant and choreographed as a state dinner (with wines from France and Italy).
Pablo Picasso met Francoise Gilot, then a 21-year-old painter, in a Paris restaurant in 1943 during the Nazi occupation, and the two became lovers. While artists such as Max Ernst fled Paris for the U.S., Picasso hung tough even though the Germans prohibited his art from being shown.
Picasso biographer John Richardson stopped in front of “Bather Wringing Her Hair,” in which the artist’s mistress and muse Francoise Gilot appears as an awkwardly arched nude with her hair twisted in her chubby fists.