The tag stays!
The twentieth century spoiled contemporary artists with illusions for two reasons, as their works can be categorized as op art, constructivism, or kineticism. The illusion is created by the fact that we mostly do not see what the artist has created: the confident eye is deceived by the sight. Second, artists have a mass of materials available to highlight their works and make them stand out or to use works as means of deceiving our eyes.
Giancarlo Caporicci: Interfazone, 2004.
Can you see it well? No? Come closer, then, and you will see. The art of Trompe l’oeil, i.e., optical illusion, dates back to the seventeenth century when it was already widely used and exploited by artists of the age. The court painter of King Frederick III and King Christian V of Denmark from 1668 to 1672was Cornelis Norbertus Gijsbrechts, whose curtain that is painted on a wooden board would make us try to draw it without a second thought. The Dutch artist, who mostly painted still lifes, depicted his file cabinet in such a way that we can almost flip through the almanac or turn the hourglass, even though it is only wood and paint that cause this sight.The artists presented at our exhibition Light-Movement-Illusion, are certainly considered to be the descendants of the great Dutch artist working with classical brushstroke. However, we would like to dispel a doubt: he was not the first artist to paint illusions, but for example, the ancient Greek painters, Zeuxis who lived in the fifth century BC and painted an incredibly life-like bunch of grapes that deceived even birds, or his rival, Parrhasius, who deceived even Zeuxis.And if that were not enough of the illusion of the early modern age: wouldn’t we get there right away for the tag? Do not do it. The title of the painting is The Reverse of a Framed Painting.
Cornelis Norbertus Gijsbrechts:The Reverse of a Framed Painting, 1668.
Article photo: Zeuxis, Wikipedia,
Lead photo:Cornelis Norbertus Gijsbrechts:Trompe-l'œil with letters, 1668