Arts Everyday Living: The Art of Optical Illusion–Books, Books, and More Books!

William Harnett, Still Life with Dutch Jar and Bust of Dantes, 1884, oil on wood panel, Worcester Art Museum, Worcester, MA

 

American artists John F. Peto (1857-1907) and William Harnett (1848-1892) were contemporaries and colleagues, specializing in trompe l’oeil still lifes, of super-realistic objects, creating a sense of optical illusion.

 

John F. Peto, In the Library, 1900, oil on canvas, Timken Museum of Art, San Diego, CA

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