Sunday, 22 May 2011

Chinese Trompe-l’œil

This painting of a lion leaping through a Chinese doorway, to the amusement of a visitor posing for her photo to be taken, is one of the eye-deceiving artworks in an exhibition of contemporary art in the Jilin province of China. The Mail calls it 4D art, which is rubbish; but whatever you call it, this exhibition is a hit with the punters (title link). The art isn't brilliant; nor is this sort of 3D illusion original - painters since Renaissance times have been tricking the eye with illusions -; but it is fun, which is more than can be said for old-fashioned British "contemporary" art (see below). For better examples of what the French call "trompe-l’œil", CLICK for Pere Borell del Caso, CLICK for Banksy, CLICK for Edgar Müller, CLICK for Julian Beever, CLICK for Kurt Weiner, CLICK for Eric Grohe. N.B. some old links have broken.


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