Picasso & Sylvette

1 May - 2 June

 

Vogue (2016) – “The attraction between painter and model is as unpredictable as falling in love. When a 21-year-old Brigitte Bardot visited Pablo Picasso at Vallauris in the South of France in 1956, no paintings ensued. Two years earlier a 19-year-old called Sylvette David (Lydia Corbett) inspired more than 60 likenesses during a period of a few months.”

 

 

Pablo Picasso (1881 - 1973)
Portrait of Claud
                  
1950, original lithograph
edition of 2000, unsigned
23 x 15.6cm  

 

 

 

Pablo Picasso (1881 - 1973)
Les Danseurs 

1956, unglazed white earthenware ceramic

edition 60 of 100

stamped and numbered verso
32.1 x 38.3cm

 

Pablo Picasso (1881 - 1973)
Portrait of Paloma
               
1950, original lithograph
edition of 2000, unsigned
23 x 15.6cm  

 

 

Lydia Corbett
Chloe with her Dolls

watercolour and ink on paper
50 x 40cm

 

 

Lydia Corbett
Sylvette with Yellow Bird

oil on panel
77 x 51cm


 

 

Lydia Corbett

Young Woman with Persimmon Still Life

watercolour and ink on paper
45 x 35cm

 

 

Pablo Picasso (1881 - 1973)
Dans l’Argile de Picasso

1957

original linocut

complete with book
unsigned

78 x 13cm

 

Pablo Picasso (1881 - 1973)
Visage de Marie-Thérèse     

1928, original lithograph, edition 16 of 25, signed by the artist
20.4 x 14.2cm


Public Collections:
Museum of Modern Art, New York Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo

National Gallery of Canada

 

 

Pablo Picasso (1881 - 1973)
Homme et Jeune Femme Nue

1951, original sugarlift etching, edition 5 of 50,

signed by the artist
9 x 11.8cm (plate)


Public Collections:

The British Museum

Pablo Picasso (1881 - 1973)
Petintre et son Modéle

1962, original lithograph, crayon on stone on Japan Nacre paper,
from an edition 10 on Japan Nacre paper. A further 110 copies were also produced on Arches paper.
Signed in the plate.
30 x 39cm

 

Public Collections: Kunstmuseum Picasso, Munster

 

 

 

Pablo Picasso (1881 - 1973)

David and Bathsheba, After Lucas Cranach the Elder                           

1947, original lithograph on Arches paper, second state, edition 41 of 50

signed by the artist

66 x 50cm

 

 

 

Pablo Picasso (1881 - 1973)
Jacqueline                                 

1962, original linocut, edition 28 of 50, signed by the artist
62.1 x 44.5cm (paper) 35 x 27cm (plate)


Public Collection:

Metropolitan Museum, New York

 

Lydia Corbett

My First Pot with Dancers

watercolour and ink on paper
50 x 40cm

 

 

Lydia Corbett

In the Studio

oil and charcoal on board 80 x 65cm

 

 

Lydia Corbett
Still Life with Cat Jug     

watercolour and ink on paper
50 x 40cm


 

 

Pablo Picasso (1881 - 1973)
Peintre Dessinant et Modele Nu au Chapeau

1965
original linocut, edition of 160
signed by the artist
62 x 75cm (paper)

 

 

 

Pablo Picasso (1881 - 1973)
Jeune Homme Couroné de Feuillage

1962

original linocut, edition 22 of 50
signed by the artist

83 x 64.5cm (paper)
35 x 27cm (plate)

Pablo Picasso (1881 - 1973)
Femme Assise 

1962
original linocut, Artist’s Proof, edition of 50
signed by the artist
62.4 x 44.2cm (paper)
35 x 26.7cm (plate)

 

 

Pablo Picasso (1881 - 1973)
Marie-Thérèse as an Idol

(from the Vollard Suite)
1934, original etching and aquatint, edition of 260
signed by the artist and with Vollard watermark ,
44.5 x 34cm (paper)

12.9 x 17.9cm (plate)

 

 

Pablo Picasso (1881 – 1973)

Ines et son Enfant
1947, original lithograph on Arches paper, second state, edition 41 of 50

signed by the artist 65 x 50cm


Public Collections:
MOMA New York
Kunstmuseum Picasso, Munster

 

 

Pablo Picasso (1881 - 1973)
Femme Assise en Tailleur Geneviève Laporte

1951, original drypoint etching, edition of 180,

signed by the artist
31.3 x 23.3 (paper)

14.4 x 10cm (plate)

Public Collections:

Musée Picasso, Paris;

Fundacio Palau, Caldes d’Estrac

 

 

 

Pablo Picasso (1881 - 1973)
Faunes et Flore d’Antibes       

1960, original lithograph
signed by the artist in blue crayon

and also signed in the plate
76 x 55.5cm

 

 

 

Pablo Picasso (1881 - 1973)
Portrait de François Gilot    

1945, original etching, unsigned
37.5 x 53cm (paper)
9 x 16.2cm (plate)

 

Provenence: Patrick Cramer Gallery, Geneva

Pablo Picasso (1881 - 1973)
Le Seigneur et la Dame                  

1959
original lithograph, edition 800,
unsigned
32.8 x 26cm

 

Lydia Corbett

Reading Time

watercolour and ink on paper
50 x 40cm

 

Lydia Corbett

Sylvette in Lockdown 

oil on panel
79 x 63cm

 

Lydia Corbett

Red Sunset and Blue Moon 

watercolour and ink on paper
50 x 40cm

 

Pablo Picasso (1881 - 1973)
Bathsheba                        

1966
aquatint, edition 80 of 300
signed by the artist
45.1 x 55.9cm (paper)
26 x 36.8cm (plate)

 

 

Pablo Picasso (1881 - 1973)
Le Vieux Roi                       

1959
original lithograph,

edition of 1000
signed by the artist
76.5 x 56cm (paper) 64.8 x 49.5cm (plate)


Public Collections: 
Saarland Museum, Saarbrücken. Stiftung Saarländischer Kulturbesitz

 

 

Pablo Picasso (1881 - 1973)
Nature Morte au Citron et au Pichet Rouge

1955
aquatint, edition 260 of 300
signed by the artist
50.8 x 65.4cm (paper)
33 x 41.3cm (plate)

 

 

Lydia Corbett

Japanese Family    

watercolour and ink on paper
40 x 25cm

 

Lydia Corbett

Blue and White

oil on panel
34 x 44cm

 

Lydia Corbett

Girl with Anemones

oil on canvas

51 x 40cm

 

 

Pablo Picasso (1881 - 1973)
Vallauris Exposition 1958 

1958
original linocut
signed in the plate
100 x 63cm (paper)
91.5 x 53cm (plate)

 

 

Pablo Picasso (1881 - 1973)
Vallauris Exposition 1954      

1954
original linocut
signed in the plate
89.5 x 59cm (paper)
69 x 52cm (plate)

 

Pablo Picasso (1881 - 1973)
Vallauris Exposition 1958, Green

1958
original linocut
signed in the plate
100 x 63cm (paper)
91.5 x 53cm (plate)

Lydia Corbett
Sylvette with Picasso and his Sister Lola

watercolour and
pen and ink on paper
40 x 50cm

 

Lydia Corbett

Wholeness
watercolour and ink on paper

50 x 40cm

 

Lydia Corbett
On the Pumpkin

watercolour and ink on paper
40 x 50cm

 

Lydia Corbett
Sylvette in Bremmen

watercolour and pen and ink on paper
40 x 50cm

 

 

Lydia Corbett
The Sylvette in the Sky

oil and charcoal on panel
74 x 53cm

Lydia Corbett
Sylvette Self-Portrait

charcoal on canvas
40 x 40cm

 

Pablo Picasso (1881-1973), A School of Paris painter, sculptor, etcher, lithographer, ceramist and designer, who has had enormous influence on 20th Century art and worked in an unprecedented variety of styles.

 

The Picasso family moved to Barcelona, when their son Pablo (born in Malaga) entered the School of Fine Arts in 1895. He went on the Madrid Academy in 1897. Early on, Picasso showed great precocity. He first visited Paris in Autumn 1900, then returned in 1901 when he had his first one-man exhibition at the Galerie Vollard. The body of work known as the ‘Blue Period’ paintings of beggars and sad-faced women was begun around this time. Picasso settled in Paris in 1904. In 1905 he painted some pictures of circus folk and embarked on his ‘Rose Period’. Les Demoiselles d’Avignon in 1906-7 marked the beginning of a more revolutionary manner of style, influenced by Cezanne, and African art. Picasso met Braque in 1907 and, with his collaboration, created Cubism. He designed sets and costumes for Parade and other Diaghilev ballets between 1917-24. He also made some neo-classical figure paintings from 1920-4, running parallel to the later Synthetic Cub-ism. Following this, in 1925 he started to make more violently expressive and metamorphic works, and in the subsequent years frequently exhibited with the Surrealists. Picasso created an important series of wrought-iron constructions and modelled sculptures between 1928-34, and made the il-lustrations for Ovid’s Les Métamorphoses, and Buffon’s Histoire Naturelle amongst others. Picasso was awarded First Prize at the 1930 Pittsburgh International. His painting Guernica, 1937 was inspired by the destruction by bombing of the Spanish town of that name. Picasso was invited in to the building housing this work some years later, when the building was under Nazi occupation. When the senior Gestapo officer pointed to Guernica and asked him, ‘Did you do this’, Picasso famously replied, ‘No, you did’. Picasso continued to live in Paris throughout the Occupation.

 

From 1946 he lived mainly in the South of France at Antibes, Vallauris - where he met Lydia Corbett (née Sylvette David) who modelled for over 60 of his works, Cannes, and from 1958 near Aix-en-Provence, where he maintained a prolific output of paintings, sculptures, etchings, lithographs and ceramics. Picasso died at Mougins, near Cannes.

 

Lydia Corbett was born in Paris in 1934 to an influential art dealer based in the Champs Elysees, and his wife, a studio potter. She grew up in Provence and a small island of the Cote D’Azure. At the age of nineteen Lydia had moved to Vallauris in the south of France with her mother who worked at a pottery studio in the town. It was here that she had a chance encounter with Pablo Picasso in 1954. She spent several month sitting for Picasso and he created many drawings, around forty oil paintings, ceramics and steel sculptures depicting her. Corbett moved to England in 1968 where she pursued her own painting career, presenting twelve successful solo exhibitions in London. In 1991 she exhibited in Japan, and in the United States of America in 2004. In 2014 an exhibition of her watercolours was shown at Theater Bremen, concurrently with a major exhibition of Picasso’s work inspired by her, ‘Sylvette, Sylvette, Sylvette’ held at the Kunsthalle Bremen. These two exhibitions were the subject of a film produced by ARTE broadcast in England and Germany. A comprehensive book cataloguing all of the works Picasso created of Sylvette was published in collaboration with Kunstalle Bremen at this time. Lydia Corbett has exhibited with David Simon Contemporary, in Bath London and Castle Cary, since 2016 with three solo exhibitions and this latest show is the first time that her work has been exhibited alongside Pablo Picasso’s work in a combined exhibition.

 

The impact of the painter / muse aspect of this relationship has helped form the voice of Lydia Corbett’s own painting practice and this exhibition 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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