Thursday, October 27, 2011

Day 217: Fun Fact Friday Norman Rockwell's "Girl at Mirror

Fun Fact Friday's are back again!  (cue wild applause)  For today's interesting tidbit about mirrors, I decided to learn a little bit more about one of my favorite paintings: "Girl at Mirror" by Norman Rockwell.  This painting always spoke to me, even before this project started.  Something about the way this young girl looks at herself in the mirror rings so familiar... you can tell she's judging herself.  It's poignant and beautiful (in my humble opinion).

So here's the fun tidbit: I managed to track down (i.e., google) the original photograph that Rockwell used while creating this painting.  Here it is:
It's a stunning replication, no?  One thing I find interesting is the fact that Rockwell added the magazine to his subject's lap in the painting.  I wonder what inspired him to add it?  I also can't help but wonder who the girl is, and what she was actually thinking...  (This Fun Fact and images found at

Finally, since we're on the topic of mirrors, I'll close here with Rockwell's famous "Triple Self-Portrait".  Enjoy your weekend!

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  1. Very cool. I love Norman Rockwell, and I've always loved that picture. He captured America in the way I like to think of know?

  2. Notice also how Rockwell covered the girl's knees. She wasn't modest enough? For whom?

  3. Yay for return of Fun Fact Fridays! (I love them.) Interesting that he added the magazine. Was this one of his Saturday Evening Post items? Could be a little plug for that if so. Regardless of his intent, today it takes on a different meaning of comparison--or maybe he realized what he was doing in adding it? Bittersweet indeed. And love the self-portrait!

  4. I love that he makes the self portrait on the easel look younger, no glasses and a little bit more distinguished. I wonder why chose to do that?

  5. @MCS: Most of Rockwell's paintings were for magazine covers or advertisements. He had to gain approval from the editors' and censors' of the publications for whom he was working.

    Lovely painting and photograph.

  6. I love not only the narrative that the addition of the magazine with the WOMAN's face conveys but the thrown down dolly, and the make-up and hairbrush at her feet. We're watching her innocence fade in the "face" of her self consciousness. It's really beautiful but sad.