Lydia Corbett

Lydia Corbett

In the 1950s, Lydia Corbett was introduced to Pablo Picasso at Vallauris on the French Riviera. At this time, Picasso was breaking-up with his wife Francois Gilot, and Lydia’s presence brought a new and positive phase to his work. She became the model for a series of forty works of art. She was known then as Sylvette David, but changed her name during this period. The ‘Heads of Sylvette’ a series of moulded metal sculptures which Picasso worked on through this time, introduced a new major innovation in this work.

In 1968, Lydia decided to move to England and gave all her creative energy to painting. She has been exhibiting ever since and has had numerous shows in London, Europe and Japan. The Anthony Petullo Foundation, one of the most influential collections in America, has a collection of Lydia’s watercolours. In 1993 the Tate Gallery staged a major exhibition of Picasso’s sculpture and paintings. A documentary film on Lydia, and her friend and mentor, was shown on BBC2 at the same time.

Lydia’s beautiful paintings in both oil and watercolour sparkle and take on many subjects. Her fluid lines bring new life to these familiar themes, infusing them with warmth and sunlight. Her ‘assured and gentle approach to the human figure’, as one critic put it, recalls the work of Marc Chagall.

Her pictures are highly distinctive and immediately recognisable. She is very much an international painter and has many fans in the UK and abroad.


Dartmoor Cat
Watercolour with Indian Ink
20 x 16 inches
£2750

Moon Dance
Watercolour with Indian Ink
16 x 20 inches
£2750

Rosehips in my Jug
Oil on Board
19.5 x 14.5 inches
£2800

The Cockerel
Watercolour with Indian Ink
16 x 20 inches
£2750

The Garlic People in Camaret, Provence
Watercolour with Indian Ink and Golf
16 x 20 inches
£2750

The Violin
Watercolour with Indian Ink
20 x 16 inches
£2750

Communion Between Two
Charcoal and gold ink on board
16 x 12 inches
£2500

Clay People Vases
Watercolour with Indian Ink
16 x 20 inches

Naked Figure by the River
Watercolour with Indian Ink
20 x 16 inches

Gold Mother and Child
Watercolour
8 x 5 inches

Dancing with Horses
Charcoal on Board
17 x 15 inches

Picasso Giving me a Present
Watercolour
13.5 x 9.5 inches

The Couple
Watercolour with Indian Ink
6 x 10 inches

The Halo
Oil on Canvas
27 x 20 inches

Tenderness
Oil on Board
23 x 27 inches

Picasso and I
Charcoal on Board with Gold Ink
21 x 16 inches

Mother, Sun and Moon
Watercolour
8 x 5 inches

Baby, Mother and Gold Rain
Watercolour
8 x 5 inches

Cat and Hearts
Watercolour
7 x 10 inches

Sylvette Dove Cat
Acrylic
6 x 8 inches

The Cat in the Church
Watercolour
16 x 12 inches

Gondola on the Canal
Watercolour
7 x 5 inches

Horses and Girl
Watercolour
5 x 8 inches

Love
Watercolour
8 x 5 inches

Sleeping Nude
Watercolour
7 x 9.5 inches

The Jug Ladies
Watercolour
12.5 x 9.5 inches

The Mermaid
Watercolour
11.5 x 9 inches

Birth of Sylvette
Watercolour
16 x 20 inches

Curlew River
Watercolour
20 x 16 inches

The Sunflower Story
Watercolour
16 x 20 inches

Sylvette and the Bird Cage
Acrylic
13 x 13 inches

Having Fun
Watercolour
8 x 5 inches

Sylvette and the Sunflowers
Oil
29 x 40 inches