trompe l'oeil

trompe l'oeil

[French trawnp lœ-yuh; English trawmp ley, loi]
noun
1.
visual deception, especially in paintings, in which objects are rendered in extremely fine detail emphasizing the illusion of tactile and spatial qualities.
2.
a painting, mural, or panel of wallpaper designed to create such an effect.

Origin:
1895–1900; < French: literally, (it) fools the eye

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trompe l'oeil (French trɔ̃p lœj)
 
n , pl trompe l'oeils
1.  a painting or decoration giving a convincing illusion of reality
2.  an effect of this kind
 
[from French, literally: deception of the eye]

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trompe l'oeil
1889, from Fr., lit. "deceives the eye."
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