a technique of using pictorial methods in order to deceive the eye. Compare trompe l'oeil.
Philosophy. a theory or doctrine that the material world is an illusion.

1835–45; illusion + -ism

illusionistic, adjective Unabridged
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illusionism (ɪˈluːʒəˌnɪzəm)
1.  philosophy the doctrine that the external world exists only in illusory sense perceptions
2.  the use of highly illusory effects in art or decoration, esp the use of perspective in painting to create an impression of three-dimensional reality

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Harnett, the undisputed master of illusionism, made the violin and sheet music the central images of his painting.
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