• To fool the eye is the ultimate goal in portraying visual texture. The term for this is "trompe-l'oeil" - in French, this means to fool the eye.
  • The artist will create the exact colour and value patterns of each surface. The deception occurs because to our eye, the appearance of the objects is so accurate, that we are momentarily fooled.
  • Trompe-l'oeil is a device utilized in painting as well as many forms of sculpture.
  • In the first example, a combination of real objects such as hinges and hardware are combined with painted forms. This becomes an entertaining problem for the viewer, as they strive to separate reality from illusion.
  • In the second example, the artist has created a ceramic case. Unless one tries to carry the item, it is virtually impossible believe you cannot open it up to pack it with your books for the day!
  • In the third example, the artist has used acrylic paint on canvas (using a method called naturalism) to create a style called super-realism. The artist has utilized excellent technical precision and executed the composition with complete clarity. We as the viewer are "fooled" into believing that we are looking at a photograph rather than a painting - it takes close and careful inspection to reveal the reality of the piece.
  • Although all three examples are vastly different, they are superb examples of how texture can be used in art to fool the eye.

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