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Picasso's last muse recalls good old time

03-14-2012 09:25 BJT

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Known as Picasso's last muse, Lydia Corbett spent her time with the artist when she was a teenager in the south of France. Now in her 70's and a successful artist in her own right, Lydia Corbett acknowledges how Picasso has influenced her.

She was Picasso's last muse. Throughout their time together in the 1950's, Picasso would sketch and paint Lydia Corbett in a cycle of some 50 works, in particular her distinctive high ponytail. She still remembers the first time Picasso sketched her.

Lydia Corbett said, "We were sitting in a terrace of the pottery, where they dry the pots, with friends smoking and drinking coffee. And suddenly over the wall across the street was a picture of me done by Picasso, a little girl with a ponytail. He opened the door of his studio and said hello, come on in and we all rushed into his courtyard and he invited me to become his model. He said would you like to sit for me and I said yes."

Corbett's English-born mother was a skilled painter who had studied art in Paris, and her father was a successful art dealer with a gallery in Paris. While spending time within Picasso's circle, Corbett developed her own unique graphic style.

Known as Picasso's last muse, Lydia Corbett spent her time with the artist when she was
a teenager in the south of France.

Lydia Corbett said, "I think when you're young you're like a sponge and you take what's around. So I took from my mother, my father and Picasso. Of course I'm very influenced by Picasso."

Corbett is here at the opening of her new exhibition in West London, entitled "Always in Light", at the Francis Kyle gallery. The paintings are loose watercolours with sharper ink lines providing the form and characters, and many of the characters in her paintings are from her own life. Corbett's exhibition runs till March 22.

Lydia Corbett

Throughout their time together in the 1950's, Picasso would sketch and paint Lydia
Corbett in a cycle of some 50 works, in particular her distinctive high ponytail.

Lydia Corbett

 

Editor:Liu Fang |Source: CNTV.CN

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