The girl in front of the mirror, Pablo Picasso – overview of the painting

The girl in front of the mirror, Pablo Picasso – overview of the painting
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  • Posted by Pablo Picasso
  • Museum: Museum of Modern Art (New York)
  • Year: 1932

Overview of the painting :

The girl in front of the mirror is Pablo Picasso. 1932. Oil on canvas 162.3 x 130.2 cm

   The metaphorical and mysterious picture “The Girl in front of the Mirror” is dedicated to Maria Theresa Voltaire, a special museum of the artist that inspired him to surreal experiments.

   The main leitmotif of the work is to search for ourselves, for We are not what we see in the mirror, but something completely different. And the heroine Picasso is trying to discern this entity, carefully watching the reflection.

   Complicated from geometric patterns and smooth, but elastic lines of the figure, completely refracted in the reflection of the smooth surface of the mirror, which is presented in the form of a kind of window into the inner world. Picasso’s bivalve in her face, half consisting of a crescent. It seems that Maria Theresa is surprised at what she sees – a bright spot on her forehead, a riot of colors against the background, someone else’s body. Enchanted, she tries to touch the mirror, reaching out to him disproportionate uneven fingers. Probably the heroine’s stomach looks like the most discouraging detail – already not quite aesthetic, reflecting it turns into a sagged circle.

   Picasso himself mentioned that he himself is also present in the picture, carefully watching his beloved. Critics tend to believe that the author had in mind patterns on the wallpaper resembling an Arlekin costume (as you know, Arlekin was his favorite character).

   Bright, screaming colors, bizarre ornaments, straight lines are collected, thanks to the delicate taste of the painter, into a slender appropriate composition that makes the viewer look closely at her. This is the greatest, almost hypnotic, attractiveness of the work of the maestro Picasso.

   Like no other work, paintings depicting Maria Voltaire are of great interest – collectors from all over the world are ready to pay round sums for them. “The Girl in front of the Mirror” belongs to the most famous and valuable of them.