Picasso created a masterpiece in 1932.
He portrayed a mistress whom he met back in 1927. Her name is Maria Theresa Walter. She became his muse. Walter is depicted very unusual. This is not an ordinary portrait. The artist tries to examine the girl in the mirror. The main motive of this work - the exact image is simply impossible to see in the mirror.
In Picasso, this is interpreted differently. Each contour in the mirror acquires a special mystery. This color intensity is simply amazing. Amazing background with such bizarre patterns. The rounded arcs in the foreground are completely balanced by the diagonal lines that we see in the background. The rhombuses on the wallpaper are very similar to the costume of the character Picasso's favorite character - Harlequin.
The artist considered himself like him. By this, he specifically emphasized that he was also present in the picture, watching everything that was happening.
The face is divided into completely different halves. One resembles a real mask made of wood, and the other resembles a half moon (month). A pale pink profile and blonde hair speak of the youth of the heroine. The face is incredibly similar to the usual crescent.
Maria Teresa holds out her hands to the mirror, as if she wants to touch this unreal reflection. It beckons and scares. The whole entity in the mirror becomes different. It reveals what lurks inside. This is not available to the ordinary eye. Bright spots surround the reflection. The body seems deliberately distorted in the mirror.
Opposing passions fight, and the viewer can see it. Maria Teresa was able to see her essence. The spot on the heroine's forehead is a special treasury in which the whole inner life of Maria Theresa is hidden.
Some researchers believe that Picasso points to the duality of the soul of Walter. But it is quite possible. That a shy girl sees her negative traits that others prefer not to notice.
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