Essay on Close Analysis; Girl in the Mirror

1486 Words Feb 24th, 2015 6 Pages
Samantha Barreau
College of Mount Saint Vincent
English 110: Writing in Context I
Professor Rogers

Close Analysis; “Girl before the Mirror”

For this essay I chose a painting by Pablo Picasso called “Girl before a Mirror”, according to the research I had done, this painting is in connection to his mistress Marie- Therese Walter. It displays several view, depending on who’s interpreting the painting. Pablo Picasso became one of the greatest and most influential artists of the 20th century and the creator (with someone named Georges Braque) of Cubism. A painter, sculptor, printmaker, ceramicist and stage designer, Picasso was considered radical within his work. The poem that is showed in connection to this painting is called “Before
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She is not looking forward to what is going to happen to her body.

If you look closely at the image, you could interpret many different symbols within different parts of the painting. The woman's face for one, is painted with a side profile and a full frontal image. One side shows the day time where she seems more like a woman, dolled up with her make up done. The other side with the rough charcoal texture portrays her at night. When she takes off the mask of makeup, and is more vulnerable as a young lady. One way of interpreting the painting is when the woman looks at herself in the mirror; she is seeing herself as an old woman. From the green discoloration on her forehead, darkening of her facial features to the lines that show that her young body has been distorted, and gravity has taken its rightful place. Another way of viewing the painting is that she is self-conscious, and she sees all the flaws in herself that the world doesn't see. Theirs many views to this. This painting is interpreted by me by way of relation. I can understand the idea of looking at yourself some particular way and seeing the changes that no one else seems to see. Or the growth that is destined to come and just waiting for it to happen. It’s much similar to the high school experience and the long awaited college release. You wait and wait and wait because you see it coming and then it finally does.

The woman in the painting is Marie-Therese Walter, Picasso’s young

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