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Mirror #5

Mirror #5
Signed Print

Roy Lichtenstein

Planographic, 1972
Signed Print Edition of 80
H 87cm x W 84cm

Critical Review

Mirror #5, executed in 1972, is the first rectangular edition of the series. The print conjures a flattened and unified surface. Two dislodged black and yellow colour blocks are pasted on a stark white backdrop. Fragmented red streaks and black dots adorn the rectangle’s edges, marking its framework. The abstracted shapes and the rich colour scheme constitute, yet also obscure the subject matter. Lichtenstein presents his mirror frontally, displaying the complete absence of reflections. Therefore, Mirror #5 is as much a contradiction, as an exemplification 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.