Wednesday 19 June 2013 -
Trompe-l'œil, imitations, pastiches and other illusions, exhibition
The art of deception.
At the heart of the Museum of Decorative Arts, the study gallery invites us to admire the wealth of the collections, focusing on a selection of works exclusively drawn from the reserve collection.
A trompe-l’œil is, as its name suggests, an artistic device which aims to deceive the eye, and has its origins in painting. This painted illusion which allows us to perceive a three dimensional object or scene requires complicated techniques of perspective and chiaroscuro. In decorative art, this "deception of the eyes" can take many forms.
From the most modest to the totally lavish, your eye can be tricked into thinking it sees all kinds of materials: wood, paint, tiles, straw, velvet and even the frames of paintings.
Like a treasure hunt across the ages and subjects, this exhibition invites you to join in with a great game of illusion, and to discover the art of imitation.
The Museum of Decorative Arts (Les Arts Décoratifs)
107 rue de Rivoli
Telephone:01 44 55 57 50
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