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The visual material of these few pages applies the "fair use" rationale adopted by WikiArt.org.  Each art work conforms to the following:

  • it is a historically significant artwork
  • the image is only being used for informational and educational purposes
  • the image is readily available on the internet
  • the image is a low-resolution copy of the original artwork and is unsuitable for commercial use.

Copyright terms are based on authors' deaths according to U.S. Copyright Law, that is 70 years.

A Stolen Life​, 1946.  Wikipedia.org

Rene Magritte, Not to be Reproduced, 1937. Museum Boijmans van Beuningen, Rotterdam, Netherlands.  Wikiart.org

Edgar Degas, Mrs Jeantaud in the Mirror, 1875.  Musée d'Orsay.  Wikimedia Commons

Roger de La Fresnay, Castor and Pollux​, 1922.  Private Collection.  Wikiart.org

This image owes a lot to René Magritte.  It represents the two contenders for the office of Prime Minister in the July 2016 Australian federal election, Malcolm Turnbull (on top and Liberal current PM) and Bill Shorter (below and Labor contender).

Georges Braque, ​Figure Double, 1937.  Private collection.  Wikiart.org

Kati Fleming, Chilean Flamingo, Phoenicopterus chilensis; "Dopplegangers", 2011. Wikimedia Commons.

Andrei Tarkovsky, Solaris, 1972.  Wikipedia

1956.  Source: Wikipedia

Vilhelm Hammershoi, The Buildings of the Asiatic Company, seen from St. Annæ Street, 1902.  Wikiart.org

Doubles, Caprgras Syndrome, Doppelgängers - what do they have to do with the emotions?  Let's look at the pictures first and then decide. The images to follow are arranged chronologically (from most recent to oldest where this is practical ).  This page is searchable (Command/Control+F). An underscored word or phrase indicates a link to a prose commentary.  Thanks to Gillian Brown, Sara Black, and Carly Grier for pointing out some of these images to me.  (Here are two essays I've written on doubles -  "You're not the man I married" and "Who's in the mirror".

René Magritte, Les regards perdus, 1927.  Wikiart.org.  

Dora Maar, Double Portrait​, 1930.  Wikiart.org

Augustus Leopold Egg, The Travelling Companions, 1862.  The Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery.  Wikimedia Commons

Dead Ringer​, 1964.  Wikipedia.org

John William Waterhouse, Mariana in the South,​ 1897.  private Collection.  Wikimedia Commons

Jean Baptiste Cocteau photographed by Philippe Halsman.

Pablo Picasso, The yellow shirt (Dora Maar), 1939.  Wikiart.org

François Barraud, François Barraud et Albert Locca au piano, 1934, Beurret & Bailly.  Wikimedia Commons.

Max Ernst, Castor and Pollution​, 1923, Private Collection.  Wikiart.org

1978.  Source: Wikipedia

Frida Kahlo, The Two Fridas​, 1939, Museum of Modern Art Mexico City, Mexico.  Wikiart.org and the excellent commentary http://www.wikiart.org/en/frida-kahlo/the-two-fridas-1939

Max Ernst, Composition, 1943.  Wikiart.org

The button will take you to Alex Garant's website.  Alex Garant paints remarkable double eyes.  She studied visual arts at Notre-Dame–De-Foy College just outside Quebec City. After graduating in 2001, she settled in Toronto, Canada.

Jean Dubuffet, Double Self-Portrait In A Bowler Hat, 1936.  Wikiart.org

Rene Magritte, The Magician​, 1952.  Private Collection.  Wikiart.org

Peter Toohey

Caravaggio, Narcissus, 1597–1599.  Wikiart.org

Pablo Picasso, Portrait of Dora Maar, 1937, Wikiart.org


Jean Cocteau, Castor and Pollux, plate design.  Wikiart.org

Victor Brauner, Suicide at Dawn​, 1930, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Los Angeles, CA, USA.  Wikiart.org

Giorgio de Chirico, The Dioscuri, 1974.  Wikiart.org

1954.  Source: Wikipedia

Dora Maar, Portrait of Picasso, 1930's.  http://www.all-art.org/art_20th_century/maar1.html