Inlander played with mirrors and reflections in many of his works. In this drawing, he explores the artist at work on his double. What does the double think about being drawn? Who is the author or creator of the image? Do mirrors tell the truth? What is an illusion?
Inlander was fascinated by debates between abstract expressionism and figurative painting. He followed neither school, but this painting depicts the tensions between realism and abstraction. He never resolved his fascination with the physicality of nature and the inevitable transformations produced by images. These tensions are part of his art and this painting is one of the fullest expressions of how he engaged in experimentation and what he described as the reproduction of nature’s beauty.