Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Fooling the Eye

It is described as fooling the eye. 
Trompe l'oeil is the art of illusion and if you are going to visit Paris in 2012, be sure to stop by the Musées des Arts Décoratifs, where they are holding an exhibit of over 400 items from their extensive archives. The exhibit, Trompe-l’œil. Imitations, pastiches et autres illusion, is opening on February 2, 2012 through November 15, 2013. The exhibit will feature never seen before works from their storerooms, including wallpapers, floorboards, paintings and jewelery.

Armoire Surrealiste by Jean Marcel, 1941

From the sublime to the ridiculous...

An illusionistic canvas depicting a false dome by Andrea Pozzo (1702) in Arezzo, Italy

 Man sitting on a cafe terrasse Gunnar Larsen, 1973

A great book, which occasionally surfaces in used bookstores and websites, is La Peinture en Trompe-L'oeil by Henri Cadiou and Pierre Gilou. Below is a taste of the steps required while painting trompe l'oeil. I find the art quite amazing and way beyond my reach!

 Mouchoir Pendu by Pierre Gilou, 1989

The Trompe L'oeil exhibit will also focus on the works of Owen Jones and his famous The Grammar of Ornament, as well as Albert Racinet’s L’Ornement Polychrome,  which not only provided medieval and Moorish motifs for 19th-century creators, but still continue to today. I treasure my copies and look to them for inspiration often.

Les Arts Décoratifs 107, rue de Rivoli 75001 Paris 
tél. : 01 44 55 57 50 

P.S. Kelly Wearstler has some fab trompe l'oeil photos up on her website...


  1. I love it all! So much fun to a observe this type of artwork. I could stand there all day looking each and every piece!

  2. I have always found Trompe L'oeil a fascinating concept. I will make sure to go if I get to Paris this year.


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