Barbara's lover, Picasso's rival, is deadmain
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.