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Eckspiegel, braun-blau [Corner Mirror Paintings (Brown-Blue, 737-1 and 2)]
© Gerhard Richter

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Eckspiegel, braun-blau [Corner Mirror Paintings (Brown-Blue, 737-1 and 2)] 1991

Not on display

  • Artist Rooms
Richter began to use glass as a medium in 1967, when he made ‘4 Panes of Glass’, which were framed and attached to a stand that allowed them to swivel, and be looked through at various angles. Since then, he has made several mirrors, some plain and some coloured. All Richter’s works are to do with looking at reality - whether reproduced in paint, whether in the form of paint itself (abstract) or whether reflected or looked at through a frame - but his glass works have a cool, conceptual quality, that sets them apart. Richter’s ‘Corner Mirrors’ have pigment attached to their backs, so that the reality reflected in them is coloured and, because mirrors reflect each other, their colour is optically mixed.

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Abstract art

Art in which there is no attempt to represent anything existing in the world, particularly used of the 20th century onwards. ‘Abstraction’ refers to the process of making images that may in part derive from the visible world but which are reduced to basic formal elements.

Conceptual art

Art in which the idea takes precedence over its manifestation in visual form. It emerged in the 1960s and was often concerned with the nature of art and the use of language.

Medium/ media

The material from which an artwork is made, e.g. oil paint, bronze, paper. 'Medium' is also used for the liquid element of paint in which a colouring agent is carried. 'Mixed media' is used when an artist combines several different materials in an artwork.


The colouring element in paint or dye.

Abstract art, Conceptual art, Medium/ media, Pigment


  • Acc. No. AR00023
  • Medium Pigment on glass
  • Size 225.00 x 100.00 cm
  • Credit ARTIST ROOMS National Galleries of Scotland and Tate. Acquired jointly through The d'Offay Donation with assistance from the National Heritage Memorial Fund and the Art Fund 2008