During the s, she became his favorite subject and in this painting he used colors and symbols to which suggest different ways to view her. The mirror and the reflected subject suggest one possibility for her own view of herself. While the woman is painted with brighter colors and exhibits a more beautiful face, the figure in the mirror is darker and more grotesque. On top of this duality of imagery, the faces of both the woman and the reflection are bifurcated into different colorations, which suggests a duality of nature within both the girl and her reflected image.
Picasso's Girl Before a Mirror: Meaning & Analysis
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This lesson is about Pablo Picasso's art piece titled ''Girl before a Mirror''. Here, we will look at the meaning and style of the Cubist painting, and analyze the the possible interpretations of the painting. Pablo Picasso thought so - or did he? What was the meaning in the mirror image of this young woman? Girl Before a Mirror was painted during Picasso's Cubist period. Cubism was a style of painting popular in Paris at the turn of the century.
Picasso, unlike art historians in his own time and since, understood this underlying level of meaning in Manet's art and used it himself. The long, floppy fingers even emulate the feel and look of a paintbrush, the hand a suitable symbol for the brush. Though a woman, she is still a self-representation of the male artist as Picasso goes on to remind us. Click next thumbnail to continue Captions for image s above:
It was produced in the style Picasso was using at the time and evoked an image of Vanity such as had been utilized in art in earlier eras, though Picasso shifts the emphasis and creates a very different view of the image. The work is considered in terms of the erotic in Picasso's art, and critics in different periods have offered their assessments of the work to show a wide range of reactions. The young girl was named Marie Therese Walter and was painted multiple times during the 's by Picasso.