Barbara's lover, Picasso's rival, is dead

Barbara's lover, Picasso's rival, is dead


norman lebrecht

November 08, 2011

I am making a BBC documentary about the great singer-songwriter Barbara.

As we took a sombre walk to her grave this morning, I received news that her lover, the painter Luc Simon, has just died.

Before Barbara, Luc had been the lover of Francoise Gilot, Picasso’s wife.

Everyone describes him as a charming man and Barbara remained close to him after they parted. An image of his father’s may have offered the inspiration for her song, L’Aigle Noir…. but more about that in the programme I’m making.


  • Hello
    I knew Luc Simon years ago and I’m surprised just to find very little on him on the web beside is relation with Françoise Gilot
    Please let me know about this documentary you making about the great singer was Barbara if you dont mind
    Thank’s alot
    Sammy Georges
    11rue Veron
    75018 Paris