Although Parisian Francoise Gilot is known by many for her decade-long relationship with Pablo Picasso, she is a renowned painter and best-selling author. Since the Berman Museum’s inception, “the work of Francoise Gilot has been an integral part of the permanent collection,” said founding director Lisa Tremper Hanover. Francoise Gilot, who is into her ninth decade and still painting, is a close friend of Philip and Muriel Berman and holds an honorary degree from Ursinus College.
Painter Albert J. Adolphe, son of a German shoemaker and American mother, was expected to pursue a career in medicine before it was realized that his true passion lay in art. The Philadelphia native had a prolific career creating images of portraits and landscapes that were familiar to Pennsylvania at the time, as well as images from his time spent in France.