The picture on the back [of Songs Of Leonard Cohen] is a Mexican religious picture called ‘Anima Sola,’ the lonely spirit or the lonely soul. It is the triumph of the spirit over matter. The spirit being that beautiful woman breaking out of the chains and the fire and prison.
From Ladies & Gents, Leonard Cohen by Jack Hafferkamp (Rolling Stone: February 4, 1971).
Image shown is the back cover of the Songs Of Leonard Cohen CD. The same image is displayed on the back of the Songs Of Leonard Cohen LP. Anima Sola also serves as the album logo for Songs Of Leonard Cohen.1
I am republishing selected posts from my former Leonard Cohen site, Cohencentric, here on AllanShowalter.com (these posts can be found at Leonard Cohen). This entry was originally posted December 8, 2014 at DrHGuy.com, a predecessor of Cohencentric.