TROMPE L’ŒIL, THE ART OF ILLUSION
The Musée Jean-Honoré Fragonard is dedicating its annual grand exhibition to a specialisation prized by some artists but often neglected by art historians: trompe l’oeil painting. Derived both from still life painting for its representation of inanimate objects and the decorative arts for its large-scale productions, this practice was, until the advent of photography, the raison d’être of painting: to represent reality.
The exhibition, created here by Andrea Zanella, organiser and art historian, is concerned more specifically with trompe l’oeil easel painting, much less well-known than its architectural big brother. Produced in oil on canvas, trompe l’oeil easel painting follows highly precise rules: objects painted to scale, shallow depth of field, exclusion of living creatures, and complete mastery of chiaroscuro, etc. The optical illusion is real: the wood looks real, the sheet of paper flaps in the breeze, the broken glass looks sharp, and the bas-reliefs have the appearance of dusty stone.
Andrea Zanella selected contemporary works to complete the exhibition. The last room is dedicated to video, a resolutely modern tool, and thus lets the visitor totally immerse themselves in the digital illusion. It really is an incredibly deceptive exhibition!
Exhibition catalogue available in the museum shop €14
From 25 April to 30 September 2016
Musée Jean-Honoré Fragonard
14 rue Jean Ossola, Grasse
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