Lydia Corbett was born in Paris on 14th Nov 1934 and was named Sylvette David. Her father was an influential art dealer and painter, whose Champs Elysee gallery, David & Garnier, exhibits the now famous Bernard Buffet. Lydia Corbett's mother was an award-winning student at the academie Julian, Paris.
Due to a highly unconventional childhood, Lydia Corbett has always beenfree from the normal constraints of learnt art. As a young child her life was spent between Provence and a small island off the cote D'azure. Lydia Corbett's days passed in complete freedom, playing in the sea and admiring nature.
The Alpine school of Lydia Corbett's early years, during the latter part of the war, was an open-minded art based primary that became a sactuary for many families fleeing the Nazi peril. When She was 16 her mother sent Lydia Corbett and her brother th Summerhill school in Suffolk.
Lydia Corbett returned to France with her fiance and in 1953 She met Picasso in the small, southern town of Vallauris. It was a wonderful experience which changed her life. In 3 months, Picasso painted about 40 paintings of 'Sylvette' (as She was then called).
Having moved to Paris, Lydia Corbett had her first child, Isabel, in 1963. Her father encouraged Lydia Corbett to paint, and although driven to creat, it wasn't until she was 45 and living at Dartington Hall with 3 children that Lydia Corbett began to paint in earnest.