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The artist Toulouse-Lautrec chose to paint the self-portrait ‘Before a Mirror’ rather than follow tradition and use a mirror to create a self-portrait, and he obviously wanted us to recognize this fact. The candlestick that you can see in the picture ensures that we don’t doubt that it is a mirror and not a picture frame or a window. (Mirzoeff, How to See the World, page 47-48)

 

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