Gyula Benczúr – Narcissus (1881)

We all know the story by now. Narcissus, a beautiful youth, sees his reflection in a pond and falls in love with his image. Yearning to touch the handsome face staring back at him, but realizing that he cannot, Narcissus pines away and dies. After death, in his place sprouts a flower bearing his name….

Pablo Picasso – Girl Before a Mirror (1932)

Picasso’s Girl Before a Mirror was inspired by the artist’s lover, Marie-Thérèse Walter. In this painting analysis we look at how their relationship reflected itself in the artwork.