THOMPSON, Pauline;

Suzanne Aubert at the Mirror

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Oil on canvas
595 x 755mm (image); 630 x 790mm (frame)

Suzanne Aubert at the Mirror is one of a series of paintings by Pauline Thompson concerning the French Catholic nun Suzanne Aubert, or Mary Joseph Aubert. The work is notable for its use of art historical references. The green shutter and railing in the foreground derive from Édouard Manet’s The Balcony (1868–69), which in turn refers to Majas on a Balcony (c. 1800–1810), attributed to Francisco de Goya y Lucientes. The eponymous mirror, showing Aubert’s reflection, recalls Diego Velázquez’s master work Las Meninas.

Exhibition History

Illiterate Inscriptions, Denis Cohn Gallery, Tāmaki Makaurau, 28 April to 9 May 1986, cat. no. 4

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