What is Trompe-l’oeil?

So, what is trompe-l’oeil?  I’m lead to believe it’s pronounced “tromp loy” with a nice french accent of course ;-)

Trompe-l’oeil is an art term to describe a painting that appears to be in 3D. It’s a french word of course and translates to loosely mean “fool the eye”.

Very hard to achieve and very technical to paint. Here are some examples for you to marvel at:-

Ciaran Brennan an Irish artist (sometimes residing in Wexford) decided to take it to the extreme and paint his own home for a party.

“Painted this optical illusion for a party we have at our house each year”, says Artist Ciaran Brennan.

Imagine walking down the street to find this building – you’d be forgiven for thinking you’d had one too many glasses of wine the night before. But in 2007, in Paris, the 39GeorgeV Building was given a renovation and this facade of manipulated photos sat over a scaffold hiding the renovating been done.

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Trompe-l’œil the 39GeorgeV building in Paris in 2007

 

Street paintings or mostly chalk drawings always fascinate me. And this by Edgar Mueller in no exception.

 

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Edgar Müller does it again with a Tromp-Lóeil transforming a pier into an amazing Crevasse in Germany.

And more chalk street art by Anamorfosis de Eduardo Relero.

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Eduardo Relero from Argentina draws amazing 3d street art.

 

And this by Julian Beever looks so real that people walk around it all day.

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Artist Julian Beever creates a scene with this trompe-l’oeil.

 

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Lisa Jo