National Gallery of Art - THE COLLECTION
image of Still Life with Mirror M.C. Escher (artist)
Dutch, 1898 - 1972
Still Life with Mirror, 1934
image: 39.2 x 28.7 cm (15 7/16 x 11 5/16 in.) sheet: 49.8 x 39.6 cm (19 5/8 x 15 9/16 in.)
Bool 1981, no. 248
Cornelius Van S. Roosevelt Collection
All M.C. Escher works © Cordon Art-Baarn-the Netherlands. Used by permission. All rights reserved.
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From the Tour: M.C. Escher — Life and Work
Object 9 of 24

This is one of Escher's earliest prints to explore different levels of reality. The first observed reality is the mirror itself and the objects that surround it. The second is that of the street, which in turn becomes part of the room by its reflection in the mirror. Finally, the objects in front of the mirror, by their reflection, become part of the street scene. At the same time the print presents a physical impossibility: the mirror is tilted toward the ceiling yet reflects the view of the street from the window on the opposite wall.

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