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Home » Glossary » Trompe l'oeil

Trompe l’oeil is a French term that translates to “deceive the eye.” It is a technique in art that creates a realistic illusion of three-dimensional space on a two-dimensional surface. Trompe l’oeil is often used to create the impression that the objects or elements depicted in the artwork are real, and can be used to trick the viewer into believing that they are seeing something that is not actually there. The technique has been used in art for centuries and continues to be popular today in a wide range of contexts, from mural painting and decorative arts to contemporary installations and street art.