May 10th, 2013

dog and book

Friday word: Trompe l'oeil

Picking up the French words/phrases theme I've had in a couple of previous entries. This will be the first of several.
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trompe l'oeil
noun, often attributive \(ˌ)trȯmp-ˈlə-ē, trōⁿp-ˈlœi\

Definition
1: a style of painting in which objects are depicted with photographically realistic detail; also : the use of similar technique in interior decorating
2: a trompe l'oeil painting or effect
3: something that misleads or deceives the senses : illusion

Etymology:
French trompe-l'œil, literally, deceives the eye

First Known Use: 1889

Examples of trompe l'oeil objects and paintings, and further details can be seen and read here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Trompe-l%27%C5%93il