Art Sunday #120: Pablo Picasso – Girl Before A Mirror

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Girl before a Mirror is a painting by Pablo Picasso that was painted in March, 1932.  The painting has been widely known for its varied interpretations of the lover and the beloved.  Girl Before a Mirror was painted during Picasso’s cubism period.

The painting is of woman looking into a mirror and the image is different which forms the basis of the interpretation. The woman in the painting is shown to be beautiful with smooth complexion and big eyes. The colors have been given to enhance the beauty of the woman.  The front part painted with choicest of colors merges with rough colors that reflect in the mirror to highlight the difference.

Picasso was married when he met Marie-Thérèse Walter who is the subject of the painting. During the 1930s, she became his favorite subject and in this painting he used colors and symbols to show the different ways he viewed her and the ways that she viewed herself.  The art work is considered erotic in Picasso’s art, and received a wide range of reactions and interpretations.

How Pablo Picasso views his beloved forms the understanding of one interpretation where her beauty is the subject. The yellow side of her face represents happy times with Picasso. The bright colors represent the times together. This side of her face shows her youth in the makeup free completion. This woman is painted with colors that increase her beauty.

The reflection represents the other interpretation of how she views herself. The colors used here are dark and make her look very old. Instead of happiness the meaning here is more of hate and unhappiness, fear and as if aging is getting on to her indicative of her fear of losing her youth.

Source:  https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Girl_before_a_Mirror

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27 thoughts on “Art Sunday #120: Pablo Picasso – Girl Before A Mirror

    me said:
    April 30, 2017 at 7:15 PM

    I like abstract but haven’t really looked at a lot of Picassos work … I like this though 🙂 Thanks for sharing.

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      Jim responded:
      April 30, 2017 at 7:17 PM

      I like the colors in this and how the image in the mirror is such a contrast of the person standing before it.

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        me said:
        April 30, 2017 at 7:31 PM

        Exactly … a true reflection … pretty deep was old Picasso 🙂

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        Jim responded:
        April 30, 2017 at 8:16 PM

        I really, really liked the colors in this piece.

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    saywhatumean2say said:
    April 30, 2017 at 2:55 PM

    In mirror reflection, she doesn’t look old to me, she looks like a man. But then again who am i? One thing about not being born beautiful or at least not as much as your sisters is that, there is almost no place to go but up. I agree I wouldn’t hang this in my house but I did have a female from his “blue” period in my bathroom once and that to me, looked like me much more than this one. The colors are wonderful though. ~~dru~~

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      Jim responded:
      April 30, 2017 at 3:12 PM

      I liked this. Id hang it in my living room. 🙂

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    swo8 said:
    April 30, 2017 at 11:47 AM

    Nah …I’m not really into Picasso. Wouldn’t hang it in my house.
    Leslie

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      Jim responded:
      April 30, 2017 at 12:18 PM

      I liked the colors.

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        swo8 said:
        April 30, 2017 at 4:34 PM

        Colours are fine – it’s the composition that bothers me.

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        Jim responded:
        April 30, 2017 at 5:29 PM

        why is that?

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        swo8 said:
        April 30, 2017 at 6:49 PM

        I’m inspired by beauty.

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        Jim responded:
        April 30, 2017 at 6:57 PM

        I found it fascinating. I thought it was fascinating to see it colorful and vibrant on one side yet the reflection in the mirror was blue and almost cold.

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        swo8 said:
        April 30, 2017 at 6:59 PM

        The human body is distorted in it.

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        Jim responded:
        April 30, 2017 at 7:05 PM

        Picasso was a little distorted

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        swo8 said:
        April 30, 2017 at 7:06 PM

        He could paint realistic too. I prefer that part of his work.

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        Jim responded:
        April 30, 2017 at 7:08 PM

        you prefer more contemporary art

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        swo8 said:
        April 30, 2017 at 7:08 PM

        Afraid so.

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        Anna said:
        May 1, 2017 at 1:42 PM

        I like it. I like Picasso art because it’s so Picasso-ish. He saw the world with unique eyes. I like the disorders in the pictures and the colors. He’s trying to tell us something, I think.

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        Jim responded:
        May 1, 2017 at 2:00 PM

        I wonder why he made one image so vibrant and warm and the reflection so blue and cold. “pling”

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        Anna said:
        May 1, 2017 at 2:14 PM

        I wonder that too, but I guess that is what makes the painting interesting.

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        Jim responded:
        May 1, 2017 at 2:20 PM

        I wonder if he was thinking she realized how cold she was whenever she looked at herself? “pling”

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        Anna said:
        May 2, 2017 at 12:14 PM

        Or that a mirror image can never be as good as the real thing. “Pling”

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        Jim responded:
        May 2, 2017 at 12:56 PM

        that’s an interesting interpretation “pling”

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        Anna said:
        May 1, 2017 at 2:14 PM

        And the “pling”

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        Jim responded:
        May 1, 2017 at 2:20 PM

        can’t forget the “pling”

        “pling”

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        Anna said:
        May 2, 2017 at 12:14 PM

        “Pling”

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        Jim responded:
        May 2, 2017 at 12:55 PM

        🙂 “pling”

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