Françoise Gilot - Editions & Works on Paper New York Tuesday, April 18, 2023 | Phillips
  • Phillips New York is proud to offer four works by Françoise Gilot from the collection of the late William (Bill) Snyder, Proud Pelican and The Dog Barking at a Butterfly. Snyder, a friend of Gilot and her second husband, Dr. Jonas Salk, was a proud collector of the artist’s work. Born in Mississippi, Snyder founded a successful porcelain and ceramics factory in Tennessee, which he eventually sold before moving to the west coast, settling in the La Jolla neighborhood of San Diego. It was here where Snyder began attending races at Del Mar and Santa Anita racetracks with his friends, eventually becoming involved in buying and racing directly.


    William (Bill) Snyder (center, wearing khaki pants and a white short sleeve collared shirt), at Del Mar racetrack in 1985

    It was around the same time Snyder settled in La Jolla that Françoise Gilot met her second husband, Jonas Salk. After marrying in 1970, Salk and Gilot eventually settled in the same seaside idyllic neighborhood. Belonging to the same vibrant social circles and members of the same walking groups, Salk and Snyder became friends, after which Snyder quickly became a collector and friend of Gilot’s as well. The three friends bonded over their shared love of horses, attending many of the same races. It was through this friendship with Salk and Gilot that Snyder acquired a handful of paintings and monotypes by the artist.


    Inscribed betting ticket by Gilot given to Snyder, reading “Blue Chips and Thoroughbreds will always make it in the end.


    Undoubtedly inspired by her Southern California surroundings, each of the works in Snyder’s collection provides an intimate look at Gilot’s life and the friendships she formed during this time.


    Snyder is remembered today for his close relationship with his children and grandchildren, and a shared love of art, the ocean and horses that connected him to Gilot decades ago.


    The inscribed front pages of Francoise Gilot: An Artist’s Journey, 1987, to Bill and Ellen (Bill’s daughter)

    “To Ellen who owns “Proud Pelican” I hope she will enjoy its sense of humour – Françoise Gilot / December 4th 1987”


    “To Bill who owns “The Dog Barking at the Moon” “At the beach” and “Woman with a sea-gull” I hope that you will find new things to enjoy about them as time goes by – Sincerely Françoise Gilot / December 4th 1987”


    One work from the William Snyder Collection, By the Sea, will be offered in our May 16th, 20th Century and Contemporary Art Day Sale, Morning Session and one monotype, Young Girl and Pelican will be offered in our June 21st, Editions & Works on Paper sale. 

    • Provenance

      Acquired directly from the artist
      Thence by decent to the present owners

    • Catalogue Essay

      This work is registered in the Françoise Gilot archives with the number G.2659


The Dog Barking at a Butterfly

Monotype in colors with collage, on handmade paper, with full margins.
I. 21 1/2 x 28 in. (54.6 x 71.1 cm)
S. 23 x 30 in. (58.4 x 76.2 cm)

Signed, titled, and inscribed 'Monotype XX' in pencil, published by the artist (with the SOLO Impression, Inc. blindstamp), framed.

Full Cataloguing

$1,500 - 2,000 

Sold for $6,350

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Editions & Works on Paper

New York Auction 18 - 20 April 2023