Jean Baptiste Cocteau photographed by Philippe Halsman.

Frida Kahlo, The Two Fridas​, 1939, Museum of Modern Art Mexico City, Mexico. and the excellent commentary

Jean Cocteau, Castor and Pollux, plate design.

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

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

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

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".

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

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

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.

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

Andrei Tarkovsky, Solaris, 1972.  Wikipedia

1956.  Source: Wikipedia

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

1978.  Source: Wikipedia

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


Dora Maar, Portrait of Picasso, 1930's.

A Stolen Life​, 1946.

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

Giorgio de Chirico, The Dioscuri, 1974.

Caravaggio, Narcissus, 1597–1599.

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

Peter Toohey

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

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

Dead Ringer​, 1964.

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The visual material of these few pages applies the "fair use" rationale adopted by  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.

1954.  Source: Wikipedia

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

Max Ernst, Composition, 1943.

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.

Dora Maar, Double Portrait​, 1930.

Pablo Picasso, Portrait of Dora Maar, 1937,

René Magritte, Les regards perdus, 1927.