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Girl at Mirror, 1954

Girl at Mirror follows a long tradition by fine artists of picturing a woman contemplating her reflection. Illustrator George Hughes said that a painting by Edouard Manet inspired this painting. Two paintings by other artists stand out as strong candidates, however. Included in Rockwell's reference files are examples of Picasso's Girl at Mirror and Elizabeth Vigee-Lebrun's The Artist's Daughter, each of which could have directly influenced this work.

Girl at Mirror, Norman Rockwell, 1954.
Oil on canvas, 31½" x 29½".
Cover illustration for The Saturday Evening Post, March 6, 1954.
From the permanent collection of Norman Rockwell Museum.