The painting asks us about our aging and our near death. The
artist, seen from behind, contemplates himself in a small mirror and the
reflection reveals an older face than expected, a "mature" face with
marked features. Birds of prey, diurnal and nocturnal, impose their presence on
a milky silver-gray background: we are between day and night, between life and
death. Does the barn owl resting on the painter's head symbolize the purity of
the soul? As for the vulture who watches and grazes the shoulder of the artist,
he seems a guardian of the realm of the dead.