2 October 2018 to 7 October 2018

10am to 5pm (closes 1pm on final day)

Main Gallery, North Galleries and Threadneedle Space

Admission Free

It was in the spring of 1953 that Picasso first caught sight of Sylvette David from his studio window in rue du Fournas, in Vallauris. He was fascinated by her before they even met although it would be a further year before Picasso asked Sylvette to model for him. With Sylvette as his muse, Picasso turned radiant beauty into art and made some of his finest paintings – later creating an entirely new art form for her; Sylvettes in sheet metal, and later monumental Sylvette sculptures. 

Picasso’s obsession with Sylvette lasted from the spring of 1953 until the summer of 1954, during which time she had spent many months in his company, modelling for hours each day in the studio.  As the critic Lucien Berman put it: “She was always more than Sylvette to him, she was the girl who linked classicism to modernity, the girl with her hair held high like a young woman from Antigone”. Their meeting would alter Sylvette’s life although she had already artistic aspirations for herself and art was in her blood: her mother was an artist and her father a well-respected art dealer

Throughout the course of an itinerant and somewhat erratic life, Lydia has found a single and enduring strength of purpose through painting and sculpture. It is these works, embodying both her past as inspirational muse and her present as consummate artist, that will be exhibited here.

Over 200 artworks will be in the exhibition, and for sale, along with a special installation, Peace and Freedom created by the artist. The works on show will include oils and watercolours along with ceramics and other three-dimensional works. 

Find out more: www.adrianhillfineart.com