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1 Picasso's Bust of Sylvette

Picasso's Bust of Sylvette

Picasso's Bust of Sylvette
It's not often that you walk down the street and discover a work of art by Picasso. But here we have one, the Bust of Sylvette. That was created with the help of Picasso's long-term collaborator, Carl Nesjar, and he often helped Picasso to transform his small-scale drawings and sculptures to these huge public works of art. Picasso's original bust of Sylvette was a folded metal sculpture. To create this monumental version here, Nesjar used a technique called Betograving. That basically involves having large frames that are filled with basalt pebbles and then having liquid concrete poured on top. They let the concrete dry and then you got the basic shapes which create the detailed lines on the surface here. Nesjar would use a sand blaster to carve away at the concrete revealing the dark basalt pebbles below. Who is the lady behind the sculpture here? Well, in 1954, Sylvette was the young fiancé of a furniture designer who happened to have a studio quite close to Picasso's. But one day Picasso went by his studio to buy a chair, and on his way, he happened to see Sylvette. Later on, he painted a portrait of her all from memory. Though Sylvette happened to see that portrait one day and she went to visit Picasso, he was absolutely delighted to see her and started to create a whole series of works based on her. Unlike many other women who entered Picasso's life, she didn't get romantically involved or have her heart broken. Rather she has rather fond memories of that time saying that she felt like Picasso immortalized her much like the Mona Lisa.
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