illusionism

noun
il·lu·sion·ism | \ i-ˈlü-zhə-ˌni-zəm \

Definition of illusionism 

: the use of artistic techniques (such as perspective or shading) to create the illusion of reality especially in a work of art

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James Havard’s abstract illusionism paintings from the ’80s are displayed next to one of Sayre Gomez‘s enigmatic acrylic pieces from 2016. Andrea Alonso, Los Angeles Magazine, "Fact and Fiction Collide Inside an Exhibit Inspired by a “Forgotten” L.A. Legend—and Beverly Hills Cop," 12 June 2018 Each vignette floats, isolated against a slick sea of black, drawing a parallel between the illusionism of stage magic and the tricks of commercial photography. The New Yorker, "Sarah Charlesworth," 31 Mar. 2017

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1911, in the meaning defined above

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