Sunday, 20 October 2013

Is this a trompe l'oeil?

Which is a real bottle?




In this case, because the red wine has been drunk, it's very obviously the bottle on the left.

I looked up the term trompe l'oeil, and from the definition below, I am not sure the painted wooden bottle qualifies.
The fine art term trompe l'oeil is French and means to "trick the eye."
In visual art, the French term is used (as there is no English word) for the style of painting that fools the eye into thinking the painting is something real. It is often used in murals to give the appearance that a solid wall is a space opening up further into the distance.
Trompe l'oeil is also a decorative painting finish that transforms a plain plaster wall into one that looks like speckled marble.
Renaissance painters were fond of using trompe l'oeil painting techniques.

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