Rosie Osborne, the author (left) and Sylvette David, Picasso's former muse

Picasso muse speaks out to dismiss claims over his drinking

Picasso muse Sylvette David confirms in exclusive interview with Palamedes PR author Rosie Osborne that the artist was neither a drinker nor womaniser

There has been national news coverage for Palamedes PR client Rosie Osborne, who recently conducted an exclusive interview with one of Pablo Picasso’s last-surviving muses.

French-born artist Sylvette David, 85, confirmed to Ms Osborne that contrary to his online reputation as a hard drinker and womaniser, Picasso was actually tea-total and a “perfect gentleman”.

The revelations have been featured in Scottish national daily newspaper, The Herald.

Picasso muse Sylvette David, now 85, agreed to a series of candid interviews with author Rosie Osborne for her new book, Free Spirits. Copyright Rosie Osborne 2019
Picasso muse Sylvette David, now 85, agreed to a series of candid interviews with author Rosie Osborne for her new book, Free Spirits. Copyright Rosie Osborne 2019
Free Spirits by Rosie Osborne is an intimate collection of interviews with celebrated contemporary artists, including Picasso muse Sylvette David

The muse, who appears in several of Picasso’s masterpieces including ‘Sylvette’, ‘Lady with a Key’, and the ‘Heads of Sylvette’’, had until now remained tight-lipped about the intimacies of their three-month working relationship.

But she agreed to a series of remarkably candid interviews with London-based author and photographer Rosie Osborne for her new book, Free Spirits, an intimate collection of more than 12 interviews with celebrated artists.

She added that Picasso was health-conscious and physically fit, and that the only green drink she believed he consumed wouldn’t have been absinthe, the notorious alcoholic tipple, but green tea.

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