The Art of Deceit: Looking at French Trompe l’Oeil
September 10, 2010-January 8, 2011
Since antiquity, artists have made illusionistic works that force viewers to marvel at their craft. In 18th-century France many artists produced works that “trick the eye” (trompe l’oeil). This installation looks at three masterful examples of this genre, by Jean-Pierre-Xavier Bidauld, Louis-Léopold Boilly, and Jacques-Charles Oudry, that illustrate the humorous and intellectual nature of these pictures.