Wednesday, 12 May 2010

Trompe l'oeil by night in Paris

The literal translation of 'Trompe l'oeil' in English is 'mislead the eye' (that's from an online translation engine)... I guess it's more like 'trick of the eye'. I've seen more 'Trompe l'oeil' in Paris than anywhere else in the world up to date and I've clocked about 30 countries so far. Here's one I managed to quickly take from the car as we were weeeezing through traffic the other night. It's for an ad. by Internet Explorer, done in such a way that it blends in well with the structure of the building, nice one guys.

In a nutshell, 'Trompe l'oeil' is an art technique involving extremely realistic imagery in order to create the optical illusion that the depicted objects appear in three dimensions, instead of actually being a two-dimensional painting.... want to learn more about the history of it? just ask Wiki, or simply type in Trompe l'oeil in Google/Google image and you'll see tonnes of clever takes by contemporary artists today!

ciao bella x


  1. Nice! That's a wonderful photo you used to illustrate what you mean! Thanks!

  2. I was lucky to have seen that in time to pull my camera out of my bag! Glad it wasn't blurry :)