Today's Wonder of the World is... Eye Trickery! Or, as the French say, "Trompe L'Oeil!"
This 1874 painting, Escaping Criticism, by Pere Borrell del Caso, makes me think of the paintings at Harry Potter's Hogwarts. It also makes me think that if that poor boy does step out of his frame, he needs to go have that eye looked at ASAP. It's freaking me out.
Let's move on.
Here's a much less disturbing example of trompe l'oeil, found on the streets of my own lovely Greenville, South Carolina. (Remember Greenville and how cool it is? HERE?)
It's a koi pond, right on our city sidewalk!
Trompe l'oeil is art that fools the eye.
I started remembering how much I love trompe l'oeil when my friend Barb, here, did a post about it. Thanks Barb! You inspired me!
You know, now that I take a second look at that koi pond, I'm not so sure I like that snake in there.
Let's hop on over to France, shall we?
Flickr photo by chimera
There, that's better. No snakes around these parts.
Isn't the wall of this building incredible? It's in Clermont, and I used to walk by it all the time.
Here's another view.
Flickr photo by chimera.
It's hard to tell which features are real and which are not. None of them are real. It's just a flat sided building.
The French are masters of trompe l'oeil. You can find it all over France.
I searched through my photos and would you believe that I didn't take a single photo of these works of art the whole time we were there?
Or maybe I did and the trompe l'oeil is so good that I can't tell that it's trompe l'oeil!
I guess I took them for granted, but now I don't!
Look HERE for some more examples of trompe l'oeil in my former French life.
(Really, take a look. They're amazing!)
Maybe the reason I enjoy trompe l'oeil so much is the same reason I like writing stories. The challenge of bringing a scene to life to such a degree that the reader forgets for a moment that they aren't actually inside the story, listening to the people, feeling the wind, or smelling the cheese. (I do write a lot about France. I can't forget to mention cheese.)
Or maybe I just enjoy examples of trompe l'oeil because they're beautiful or grand or bizarre.
Or maybe I just like being tricked.
Or maybe I just like the French word oeil.
Did you know that in French, the eye = l'oeil, and the eyes = les yeux? Such a beautiful, impossible language!
But as I said, trompe l'oeil is not just for the French!
Here's another example in my state capital, Columbia.
Flickr photo by sisudave
Can't you just imagine the roadrunner tricking the coyote into running smack dab into that wall?
I like trompe l'oeil so much that I've thought about doing a small one on a wall of my house. (Not that I want my children to run into walls. Though it might be funny once.)
When we were in France I used to love French decorating and craft magazines. I still do, and I make Todd bring me a bunch every time he goes on a business trip. The ladies at the airport Tabac probably think he's a very sophisticated man, always picking up issues of Marie Claire Idees and Campagne Decoration. Not that he's not really sophisticated. But he'd be just as likely to read one of my deco magazines as I would be to read his cycling magazines. Snore snore.
Anyway, I also liked this one. It often featured trompe l'oeil.
Take a look at this bedroom.
Can you tell what is real and what is painted?
Curtain swag? Painted.
Wall lamps? Painted.
Not. Ha ha. Tricked you.
How about this? Most all of it is painted.
I'd love to include a little touch somewhere in my house, just for fun.
Maybe a fake light switch, just so I can watch the teenagers try to turn it on.
Take a look at this trompe l'oeil master, Julian Beever. Barb shared him with me on her post, and I found this Youtube video of his works. You won't believe it!
But I guess that's the point!
Have a Wonderful Friday y'all! And a great weekend!