Trompe L’Oeil

 

‘Portofino’

‘Pompeii Ruins’

Stairway

‘Florentine’

‘Les Chats du Lac’

‘Stone Arch with Pond’

Literally translated “to deceive the eye,” “trompe l’oeil’ is a painting technique that relies on the ability of the artist to make viewers believe (initially) that they are looking at a three-dimensional scene. This effect is achieved largely by the proper use of shadowing. A good “trompe l’oeil” will fool the viewer initially, but the goal is not to sustain that deception, for it i the instant that the viewer realizes he or she has been fooled that produces the most powerful and memorable effect. The viewer will never forget the first time he or she observed that mural and the impression it made on him or her.

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