Robert Reid (aka Robert Lewis Reid)
North America, American
40 1/4 in. x 37 1/4 in. (102.24 cm x 94.62 cm)
Medium and Support:
Oil on canvas
Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts Association Purchase
"Reflections" is among the many romantic, feminine, figural compositions associated with Robert Reid’s Impressionist style. The painting's overtly decorative elements—the cistern topped by a chimera-like animal, the large ornate mirror, the flowers, the Oriental-style painted screen, and the bowl of abundant fruit—suggest luxury and opulence. The reflection in the mirror implies an airy space, perhaps tented or vaulted with a striped awning. The visual conceit in Reid's use of the mirror makes a connection between the real world (where the viewer is standing) and the magical, lavish world of the model.