Tefaf’17: Modern Mirrors


Part #2 of the Tefaf_Mirrors’17, with more ‘modern’ art works (‘modern’ is a relative term).

The fragment above is from the very interesting and instantly recognizable portrait by Jacques-Émile Blanche. I wrote about his mirrors (see French hentai, or (carte) Blanche with the mirrors). I have even shown the girl depicted on this portrait – this is Lucie Esnault, a daughter of theBlanche’s friends. This work was called  Lucie Esnault: Reflection (c.1890)


The next one is very interesting work, too. It was painted by Bernard Boutet de Monvel, a French painter and etcher. Entitled Sylvie Boutet with her dog, Champagne (1944), it does not depict any mirrors per se:

But it does show a very intriguing object, an icon of a kind that hangs above the girl’s bed (and resembles many of the non-mirrors I regularly show in this blog.  Boutet has painted a few of similar work, and will write a separate posting about them, hopefully soon.


Georges RochegrosseMarie Rochegrosse in the Dining Room of Djenan Meriem (1904).

Didn’t know anything about this painter before; an interesting case of mirror embedded into furniture (and striking angled composition, too.)


The Dutch painter I keep planning to write about already for a long time, Isaac Israels.

For sale was his Girl from the cabare (1927) (and at a mirror)

and In the dressing room of the Scala theater in the Hague (n/d)

Also with a mirror:


Another cool mirror, but the artist I also never heard about – Ernst Agerbeek, an Indonesia-born and trained in Belgium and the Netherlands. There is no website about this artist yet (which makes me amused, as these galleries asked dozens of thousands euro for every of his painting but don’t bother to create (for free!) a simple wikipedia article.

The painting was called The Barber Shop (c.1928); will be an interesting addition to my still to be written series about mirrors in barbers’/hairdressers’ salons.


Ok, this work does not belong to the ‘modern’ section if to speak technically. It was created around 1785s, by Spoilum, a well-known Chinese artist of the Old China Trade times.  But the technique he used, so called reverse-glass painting, seems to be modern (but more importantly, this portrait was displayed by the same gallery that was offered the work by Ernst Agerbeek I have just shown).

Depicted is the Portrait of Captain John Cranstoun (c.1785)



Beautiful tranquil painting by Peter Ilsted from Denmark – Sunshine in the living room (c.1910)

Detail with an oval mirror (some may argue that this may be a painting, but we you know Ilsted’s work you would easily recognize this mirror, it is depicted in dozens similar portraits.


This painting doesn’t look modern at the first sight, as it resembles lush baroque scenes of the 18th century. In reality, it was painted circa 1900s, by Italian artist Arturo Ricci who was specialized in such costumed, almost carnivalesque subjects:


Ludwig August Smith – The Artist’s Studio (1864

Another artist whom I heard nothing about before, apparently also Danish.


Nicolaas van der WaayAn Amsterdam Orphan Girl Sewing (n/d)

I wouldn’t spot this nice art mirror without the help of i-shmael!



Another spot by i-shmael: Kees van Dongen Ballerina (c.1903)



There was plenty of other interesting modern work this time at Tefaf, alas without any mirrors.


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