Who was 19-year-old Picasso's muse
• Who was 19-year-old Picasso's muse
In the spring of 1954 Picasso met 19-year-old Sylvette David, and within a few months she was his muse, inspiring a series of paintings of the artist.
Of all the music (and there were many) that fueled his creative powers in a particular period of life, it is one of the most mysterious. So who is this such Sylvette? And why Picasso painted her, but did not draw Brigitte Bardot?
The Frenchwoman Sylvette is 83 years. Once married, she changed her name to Lydia Corbett. Her mother was an artist, and his father studied art. As a child she lived on the Ile du Levant off the southern coast of France, and during the war, her family moved to a safer place in the eastern mountains.
Then she lived with her fiance Toby Jellinek in Vallauris on the French Riviera. There she met Picasso.
Later, Picasso recalled how Sylvette, this young girl with a charming ponytail, tied high on the back of his head, every day went by his studio, and he could not help but pay attention to it. He began to paint her first memory, but then she accidentally noticed that the artist holds a sketch depicting her face. "It was like an invitation," - she recalled later. Picasso wanted to paint it, and Sylvette began to come to his studio.
She was sitting in his rocking chair and posed for him for hours. Have you heard about the giant sculpture by Picasso on Bleecker Street in New York City? It Sylvette. Picasso was in love with her image, which seemed to him the very image of youth, freshness and femininity. In addition, the ponytail:
"I was tying a tail to his father, I do not really have often seen, because he had another family," - said Sylvette. One day he looked Greek drama in Paris and he liked the hair of the girl in the play - with visible from afar high tail. Here Sylvette and took over her this unmatched hairstyle that charmed her father.
Sylvette inspired Picasso to more than 60 works, the collection of which he presented in Paris. These works deserve recognition, and many in the art world have wondered, so who was this young Mona Lisa. Even Brigitte Bardot, according to Sylvette, took over her image when she saw Picasso.
In his biography of Bridget she recalls that asked Picasso to paint her portrait, but he refused because he already had Sylvette.
As Sylvette told "It was very funny. I saw Brigitte Bardot with Roger Vadim in Cannes. Toby and I went there to see the festival. And we saw each other when we were walking around the city. She had brown hair, but after she saw me, she became a blonde. It has become a beautiful blonde ... I think she recognized me from the magazine "Paris Match", and then went to a Picasso. She was prettier than me, sexier. I have not had sex, I felt quite awkward next to the great man. And Picasso probably noticed it. "
In time, critics began to talk about the "period of the horse's tail" as something insignificant in Picasso's career - the artist had just distracted after a hard moral crisis, when it left the beloved Francoise Gilot.
Sylvette was not Picasso's mistress, but that does not mean that the figures of the period are deprived of emotional feelings.
They remained friends until his death. Today muse Picasso - talented artist and sculptor of ceramics, living and working in South Devon, England, where it is known under the name of Lydia Corbett. For Picasso left her daughter a sense, it was her father. The time they spent together, greatly influenced her own work.
It has an online store where you can buy her wonderful paintings, watercolors, ceramics and engravings.
She even wrote a book, "I was Sylvette" a memorable meeting with the great artist.