Mirror #1

Mirror #1
Signed Mixed Media

Roy Lichtenstein

Mixed Media, 1972
Signed Mixed Media Edition of 80
H 71cm x W 71cm

Critical Review

Mirror 1, executed in 1972, captures an enlarged circle rendered in bright primary colours, flattened against a white backdrop. The circular shape is populated with a gradation of blue dots, mimicking the reflective attributes of glass. The pattern is framed by jagged red, black and yellow lines. Lichtenstein’s pop style undoubtedly forms, but also obscures his subject matter. Mirror is depicted frontally, displaying the complete absence of reflections. Therefore, the print is as much a misrepresentation, as it is an illustration of a mirror.

Over the course of his career, Lichtenstein embarked on several other series dealing with vision and representation. His Water Liliesand Reflections, for instance, explore various perceptions of light and reflection. Meanwhile, Lichtenstein’s Entablatures delve further into object painting, reproducing enlarged architectural fragments as their main composition.