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Mirror #3

Mirror #3
Signed Mixed Media

Roy Lichtenstein

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

Critical Review

Mirror #3, executed in 1972, presents an increasingly minimalistic take on Mirror #2 of the same series. The work has a densely dotted backdrop, overlaid with a dark blue semicircle. The added geometric layer is positioned slightly off centre. Yellow and light blue jagged lines demarcate the edges of its frame. Lichtenstein uses these regularised patterns to allude to the reflective attributes of glass. Simultaneously, he also applies the dots and streaks to obscure his subject matter. Presented frontally, Mirror #3 displays the complete absence of reflections. As such, the print is as much a parody, 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.