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Title: Sylvette  
Author: World Heritage Encyclopedia
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Subject: Pablo Picasso, List of Picasso artworks 1951–60, 1954 paintings, The Four Little Girls, Bull's Head
Collection: 1954 Paintings, Paintings by Pablo Picasso, Portraits of Women
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Sylvette is the title of a portrait painting by Pablo Picasso, featuring a young woman with a pony tail. The model for the painting, Lydia Sylvette David, also known by her married name Lydia Corbett, was a French woman who, during the summer of 1953, worked in a pottery studio near Picasso's studio in Vallauris. Finding her appearance appealing, Picasso created 40 works inspired by her. Sylvette's portrait from 2 May 1954 is one of the last of a long series. Picasso's grandson Olivier Widmaier Picasso told the Chicago Sun-Times in 2004 that Sylvette was also the subject of the monumental Chicago Picasso, which had been a matter of curiosity since it was unveiled. She was said to have been an inspiration for actress Brigitte Bardot and the Roger Vadim film And God Created Woman. In 1998 Barron's published Picasso and the Girl With a Ponytail by Laurence Anholt—a children's book in which a shy teenager named Sylvette meets Picasso in Vallauris and becomes his model.

Lydia is now an artist in her own right. Galleries exhibiting her work include Fosse Gallery Fine Art, with one exhibition being aptly named 'The Girl With the Ponytail'.

External links

  • About Lydia Corbett aka Sylvette
  • Lydia Corbett aka Sylvette's, website
  • Lydia Corbett - Fosse Gallery Fine Art

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