Have you ever seen those amazing paintings where it looks like a person or an object is about to step right out of it? If so, then you’ve admired a trompe l’oeil painting.
If you’re not an artist yourself, you may not be familiar with the term “trompe l’oeil” (pronounced ‘tromp-loi’ or ‘tromp lo-ay’).
Trompe l’oeil is French for “to deceive the eye”, and is a type of painting which creates the illusion that what the viewer is looking at is real. And it goes a little beyond simple hyper- or photo-realism.
Trompe l’oeil paintings create an incredible sense of depth and dimension, despite the fact that all of the painting’s elements are painted on a single plane. Even though all the objects are painted on the same plane, the artist’s skill makes it appear as if there are different planes in the picture. Continue reading