Navajo Sandpainting


This is a Navajo Indian Sandpainting called Whirling Logs 1 by Grey Squirrel (Fred Stevens, Jr.), Navajo Indian Sandpainter and Medicine Man.

For explanation of legend of Whirling Logs and notes on the sandpainting see here. Additional Navajo sandpaintings can be viewed here.

Photograph courtesy of Nizhoni Cards.



“Girl before a Mirror”

Author: Pablo Picasso (Spanish, 1881-1973)
Date: 1932
Medium: Oil on canvas
Location: The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), New York

Girl before a Mirror shows Picasso’s young mistress Marie-Thérèse Walter, one of his favorite subjects in the early 1930s. Her white-haloed profile, rendered in a smooth lavender pink, appears serene. But it merges with a more roughly painted, frontal view of her face—a crescent, like the moon, yet intensely yellow, like the sun, and “made up” with a gilding of rouge, lipstick, and green eye-shadow. Perhaps the painting suggests both Walter’s day-self and her night-self, both her tranquillity and her vitality, but also the transition from an innocent girl to a worldly woman aware of her own sexuality.

It is also a complex variant on the traditional Vanity [or vanitas]—the image of a woman confronting her mortality in a mirror, which reflects her as a death’s head. On the right, the mirror reflection suggests a supernatural x-ray of the girl’s soul, her future, her fate.


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