Lydia Corbett
3 - 30 March 2019



Lydia Corbett, born in Paris, 1934 was introduced to Pablo Picasso in the 1950s. This chance encounter was a very important moment for both Picasso and for Lydia, or Sylvette David as she was then known.  For Picasso, Sylvette became the subject of large and important body of work, including more than sixty paintings, drawings and sculptures. For Sylvette, not only was her innocent, youthful beauty immortalized, but she would be remembered as a muse of the great artist – ‘The Girl with the Ponytail’. Picasso’s work and their relationship would become a constant source of inspiration for her own painting many years later. She has enjoyed a full career as a painter in her own right over the past forty-five years, with many regular solo exhibitions in London as well as major exhibitions in Bremen, Germany, across the West Country and David Simon Contemporary, Bath.


This latest solo exhibition features a new important direction in her painting as she has been exploring painting in oils over more recent years, as well as her works on paper in ink and watercolour.


White Still Life
oil on canvas
60 x 75cm



The Studio
oil and mixed media on panel
95 x 80cm



The Offering
oil on canvas
92 x 133cm



The Red Room with

a View
watercolour and ink on paper
40 x 50cm



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