Still-life with Mirror, March 1934
lithograph on beige laid japan paper
50 x 39.7 cm; stone: 39.4 x 28.8 cm
Gift of George Escher, Mahone Bay, Nova Scotia, 1988
National Gallery of Canada (no. 30165)
© Cordon Art B.V. - Baarn - Netherlands. Used by Permission. All rights reserved.
In this work, the mirror, the street scene, and the objects on the table all help to build a composition with multiple realities. At first glance, the print appears to be a conventional still life. A closer examination, however, reveals that the work contains a physical impossibility. The angle of the mirror, which tilts upwards toward the sky, could not possibly reflect the image of a street from an opposite window.