In class, I heard many theories about the symbolism of the picture. The book in the girl’s lap might be a magazine with a beautiful movie star in it, or a photo album with a portrait of her mother; perhaps the girl wonders whether she will grow up to look like a famous lady, or like her own mother. The doll represents the girl herself – alone and thoughtful, with one foot in adulthood and one in childhood. The mirror also represents this: the elegant frame and spotless glass rest against a red wicker-bottomed chair outside in the backyard. There is a quiet tension to the picture, as the girl contemplates her move from child to young lady.
Tuesday, March 13, 2012
Term 2 Exams: Picture Study
This is Aravis' description of her favorite picture by this term's artist, Norman Rockwell: