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BROKEN CLAUDE GLASS, 2010

A Claude Glass is a slightly convex dark mirror used by artists and tourists in the 18th Century to view the landscape. The convexity of the mirror condenses the view into a manageable composition, and the dark tint reveals the relative tonal values of the view. The effect produced was thought to be similar to the paintings of Claude Lorrain and was much praised by Gilpin. With the advent of photography and a privileging of direct observation in art, the Claude Glass was all but forgotten; a few survived as curiosities.

The one exhibited here is a shattered relic reflecting a dark broken view of a small idealized landscape.

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