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This painting is appealing for its honesty and truth. Although this painting does show a recognisable scene – a wall, a mirror and a chair – and looks artless, it is really very sophisticated. The mirror is square and hangs against a wallpaper patterned with big, floral arabesques. There is a small pink flower in a white egg cup below the mirror. A chair covered with a bright blue and orange cloth makes a bold colour accent in the lower right corner. It is in the mirror that we see the tulips and Indian painting of the title. Their brilliant colours are set off against a grey wall with a white curtain hanging diagonally across it. The Indian painting must be on the wall behind the artist, but we cannot see her. No lines move in or out of the picture.
Tulips and Indian Painting
oil on canvas
H 60 x W 70 cm (E)