Author Rosie Osborne conducts rare interviews with Picasso muse, Sylvette David
Artist Pablo Picasso’s reputation as a hard drinker and womaniser has been called into question for the first time by his former muse.
According to French-born model Sylvette David, now 85, the world-famous painter was in fact a “perfect gentleman” and teetotal.
Contrary to accounts that he was addicted to absinthe, she says Picasso was health-conscious and physically fit, and that the only green drink she believed he consumed would have been green tea.
Sylvette made the revelations in a series of rare interviews with author and award-winning photographer Rosie Osborne.
Osborne, a client of book PR agency Palamedes PR, also interviewed the muse for her new book, Free Spirits, which contains a collection of intimate interviews with contemporary artists.
The news story has been picked up by Devon newspaper Devon Live as well as the Daily Mirror.