Dreams of Desire 33 (The Mirror)

Toyen-The Mirror 1967

A delicate and evocative image from Toyen’s later career, this time using the drypoint technique on pale green paper.

In the elaborate mirror with leaf motifs we see the reflection of an ethereal beauty from a bygone age, with her eyes closed, suggestive of sleeping and dreaming. In the background to the immediate left is the silhouette of a man that effects a visual rhyme with the girl’s face. Is she dreaming of the man, or is the shadow another aspect of her personality, her animus? As always with Toyen the more you look, the greater the sense of mystery is affected.