Picasso’s paintings send a message of true womanhod showing us to be proud of our outer beauty and focus on our strengths rather than on our weaknesses. Even societies definition of the perfect woman is flawed because the great philosophers believe that true perfection does not exist. Picasso’s paintings turn every flaw that woman has into a real mark of beauty. Real artists know that it is imperfections that make a woman unique serving as an inspiration. There is no doubt that Picasso embraced every facet of a woman’s beauty, even those facets that are not defined as beautiful by society.
Since Picasso’s paintings send a strong mssage of self acceptance and embracing body image, Girl Before a Mirror is my favorite Picasso painting. Picasso painted Girl Before a Mirror in March 1932. Thiis month marks the anniversary of this artistic creation that interprets female beauty in a whole new light.
Many of Picasso’s paintings use bold colors to express the meaning ofself acceptance. In his maasterpiece, Girl Before a Mirror, he shows a pensive young girl before the mirror. By societies standards, she is nt the perfect 10, but she embraces all of her beauty. Picasso hiighlights all f her imperfections in bold colors showing us that all her flaws create a collage of real beauty.
Sadly, we live in a world where many young girls do not like the image that they see in the mirror. In order to strive for the perfect body image, they may even get sick with eating disorders such as bulimia and anorexia among many others. The pressure to be perfect comes from the images that they see on television and social media. They are not like Picasso’s girl who proudly looks at herself in the mirror because they do not embrace their own body image.
The irony is that what society defines as beautiful may not be beautiful at all. Remember the famous saying: “Beauty is in the eye of the beholder.” Unfortunately, many young girls only define beauty based on the models that they see on the cover of a magazine, for they are still too immature to know the meaning of real beauty.
There are many trends on social media that actually help young girls feel happy about their outer beauty. Several stars have taken photos, without makeup, such as Jennifer Lopez and Gwyneth Paltrow among many others. Seeing how these celebrities look, without all that makeup, helps girls feel confident about their outer beauty. Even though makeup enhances a woman’s natural beauty, having a natural look is also beautiful as well.
There is no doubt that the subject of A Girl Behind the Mirror embraced her natural beauty. The girl looking at herself in the mirror was not a fictional character coming from Picasso’s imagination. She was a real model who posed for Picasso. Her name was Marie-Therese Walker (13 July 1909 – 20 October 1977), and she appears in many of Picasso’s paintings and sculptures. She was also Picasso’s paramour and even had a love child with him named Maya Widmaier.
Through his paintings, Picasso (25 October 1881 – 8 April 1973) changed the way we look at art for the ages. When he was working on his masterpiecces, he unveiled the beauty of all women. Picasso, who co-founded analytic cubism, with Georges Braque, used many geometrical shapes in his painings to convey the meaning of real beauty through an artistic mathematical equation. Surely, the results do not have to be perfect 10’s, for real beauty, like Picasso’s geometric shapes, comes in all sizes and proportions. Always stand tall and embrace the girl who looks back at you in the mirror.