The Mall Galleries presents a major exhibition of paintings drawings, ceramics and watercolours by Sylvette Lydia Corbett. Once Picasso’s muse now an artist in her own right – the exhibition will present over 200 works alongside a photographic display.
Picasso first saw Sylvette in 1953 from his studio window in Rue du Fournas in Vallauris on the French Riviera. Picasso’s obsession with Sylvette lasted from Spring 1953 – Summer 1954 during which time she spent many months in his company modelling for hours each day in his studio. The Sylvette or Girl with a Ponytail series – that she inspired includes over 60 paintings and drawings as well as a series of metal sculptures made from painted sheet metal.
In the aftermath of Picasso’s attentions the beautiful Sylvette became the centre of a media storm. She received sack loads of mail, love letters, entreaties and proposals of marriage from strangers. Her mother was told to permanently say she was out, when anyone knocked on the door. Her world was transformed, but it did not feel like her world any more.
Becoming a painter herself allowed her to regain a sense of self. As an artist she has shaped her own image and solidified a sense of self. Sylvette’s work covers landscapes, domestic interiors, and religious images. The show also includes a series of self portraits painting herself as she is now and as she was then, recuperating her sense of self whilst reflecting on her role as a muse and the moment when Picasso entered her life.
SYLVETTE – PICASSO’S MUSE
THE MALL GALLERIES, LONDON