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Robert Reid (aka Robert Lewis Reid)
American, 1862–1929

Reflections

1911

Object Type: Painting
Creation Place: North America, American
Dimensions:
40 1/4 in. x 37 1/4 in. (102.24 cm x 94.62 cm)
Medium and Support: Oil on canvas
Accession Number: 1985.0017

Credit Line: 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.

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