Books: Mistress to a Monument

LIFE WITH PICASSO by Françoise Gilot and Carlton Lake. 373 pages. McGraw-Hill. $6.95.

After nine years and two children, Franchise Gilot finally left Pablo Picasso, reportedly exclaiming: "I am not living with a man, but with a monument." Many women have tried to live with the monument who, as the greatest living artist, was bound to make it a monumental task. Françe was his fourth long-term mistress, escaped becoming his second wife. Now, twelve years after the end of the affair, Françoise recollects in tranquillity—something she rarely had with Picasso—with the aid of...