Picasso & Sylvette

1 - 29 May

 

Femme Assise en Tailleur
PABLO PICASSO

drypoint etching on Japon nacre paper, 1951
edition of 180
plate 14.4 x 10cm paper 31.3 x 23.3cm

 

 

Wildflowers Music
LYDIA CORBETT

watercolour with ink

50 x 40cm

 

 

 

Lydia Corbett, born Sylvette David in Paris, 1934 was famously 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 platonic relationship would become a constant source of inspiration for her own painting many years later.

 

This exhibition features a substantial collection of original, signed works on paper by Pablo Picasso, curated for the first time with contemporary paintings by Lydia Corbett. The collection also includes some ceramics created by Picasso in Vallauris, where he first met Lydia in 1954.  The impact of the painter / muse aspect of this platonic relationship has helped form the voice of Lydia Corbett's own painting practice and this show is a rare and exclusive opportunity to see the works of both Picasso and his muse in one place, creating a unique and beautiful conversation between these artists' works.

 

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