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Robert Reid
The Mirror
about 1910
oil
37 3/8 x 30 3/8 in.
Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of William T. Evans



The sinuous lines of the woman's neck, shoulders, and elegant gown reflect the curvilinear grace of the crane in flight on the Japanese screen. The round mirror that serves as the focal point of this composition is a symbol of vanity and the transience of earthly beauty, lending this work a contemplative aura.