Z.Y. Casper, American, active 20th century


not dated

Etching on wove paper

Plate: 7 3/4 × 6 15/16 in. (19.7 × 17.6 cm)

Sheet: 11 1/4 × 8 3/8 in. (28.6 × 21.2 cm)

Hood Museum of Art, Dartmouth: Bequest of Jay R. Wolf, Class of 1951



Place Made: United States, North America


20th century

Object Name


Research Area


Not on view


Titled, in graphite, lower left margin: 'Reflections'; signed, in graphite, lower right margin: Z.Y. Casper


We see a man standing in front of a window and a second figure, his reflection, behind him. The reflection hovers over the man with shadowed eyes. The man’s reflection would not be seen in the window this way by an observer looking through from the outside. Thus, the window serves not just as a view into the private space of the indoors but into the private space of the figure’s mind.

The title, Reflections, invites us to consider other perspectives: when flipped upside-down, the two faces appear to become the bottom of a third. From another point of view, the man and his menacing reflection are one and the same.

From the 2023 exhibition A Space for Dialogue 113, On View: Windows in Art, curated by Leigh Smith '23, Erbe Intern

Exhibition History

A Space for Dialogue 113, On View: Windows in Art, Leigh Smith '23, Erbe Intern, Alvin P. Gutman Gallery, Hood Museum of Art, Dartmouth College, Hanover, New Hampshire, July 1 - August 12, 2023.


Julius (Jay) Rosenthal Wolf (1929-1976), Class of 1951, New York, New York; given to present collection, 1976.

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