trompe l'oeil

trompe l'oeil

noun, often attributive \(ˌ)trmp-ˈlə-ē, trōⁿp-ˈlœi\

: a style of painting in which things are painted in a way that makes them look like real objects

Full Definition of TROMPE L'OEIL

:  a style of painting in which objects are depicted with photographically realistic detail; also :  the use of similar technique in interior decorating
:  a trompe l'oeil painting or effect
:  something that misleads or deceives the senses :  illusion


French trompe-l'œil, literally, deceives the eye
First Known Use: 1889

trompe l'oeil

noun    (Concise Encyclopedia)

Style of representation in which a painted object is intended to deceive the viewer into believing it is the object itself. First employed by the ancient Greeks, trompe l'oeil was also popular with Roman muralists. Since the early Renaissance, European painters have used trompe l'oeil to create false frames from which the contents of still lifes or portraits seemed to spill and to paint windowlike images that appeared to be actual openings in a wall or ceiling.


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