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trompe l'oeil (tromp loi) noun
1. A style of painting in which objects are rendered in extremely realistic detail, giving an illusion of reality.
2. A painting, mural, etc. made in this style.
[From French, literally "fools the eye", from tromper (to deceive) + le (the) + oeil (eye).]
"Good trompe-l'oeil work is magical. It persuades you that the subject of
the mural is real, that you are indeed seeing a view of smoking Mount St
Helens, or a formal baroque garden glimpsed through a filigree-screen
gateway, or a stretch of beach on a windy day."
"Though these trompe l'oeil pieces are certainly art, they are not meant
to stand alone or stick out the way a conventional piece of art might.
The skill in placing a piece of trompe l'oeil is to make it become part
of a setting."
This week's theme: words related to art.
If it is committed in the name of God or country, there is no crime so heinous that the public will not forgive it. -Tom Robbins, writer (b. 1936)