Tel père, tel fils

Anne Paloma Picasso was born on April 19, 1949 in Vallauris in the south of France. Her father was the famous Spanish painter and her mother was the French artist and writer Françoise Gilot. Although she was frequently Picasso’s muse, she hasn’t rested on the laurels of her famous father.

When she was a theatrical costume and set designer in Paris in 1968, she began to create necklaces from rhinestone cast-offs found in the flea markets and they caught the eye of the right people. Encouraged by her success, she enrolled in a jewelry class. Yves Saint Laurent hired her to design jewelry and accessories for his collections. By 1980, she was designing her own line for Tiffany’s, often featuring doves, inspired by her name, and her signature color red. Soon, she branched into perfume and home accessories. Her dramatic looks are only eclipsed by her genuine talent.

Today’s expression, tel père, tel fils (tell pair, tell feese) literally means “what a father, what a son” or, more simply, “like father, like son.” In this case, it’s “like father, like daughter” (fille). While Paloma Picasso’s “red period” had more to do with her striking lipstick, it’s often compared to her father’s “blue period.” She also seems to know where lips belong on a face, unlike her famous Cubist parent.

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About Patricia Gilbert

Patricia Gilbert is a French and English teacher. She's Canadian, lives in the United States, but dreams of living in France.
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