I have begun a series on Reflections. I have taken photos of people and objects on reflective surfaces and have noticed that some of these reflections appear somewhat surreal, or at least, inaccurate.
Critiques of famous paintings which display reflections have received mixed reviews.
One example is Edouard Manet's " A Bar at the Folies Bergeres" (1882). Critics have argued that Manet " created spatial inconsistencies in that the relationship between the barmaid and her apparent reflection in the mirror behind her, to the right, seems very misplaced" (Fred Kleiner, Columbia U, 2014).
Artists are not bothered by unflattering reviews as can be appreciated by the many masterful paintings they have accomplished:
The Impressionist, Claude Monet (1840-1926), painted amazing colored reflections on water which modulated according to the hour of the day.
The Norwegian Impressionist, Fritz Thaulow (1847-1906), has an outstanding body of paintings on reflections in rivers and expanses of water
The American Impressionist, Richard E. Miller (1875-1943), became notorious for his paintings of women sitting idly in front of mirrors at dressing tables.
I have post a few of my own paintings on Reflections in Series #2.