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Optical Illusions

Oh mirage, mirage! Isn't it fascinating how the mind can play tricks on us? We see the world through our precious eyes yet... in their own way. It can be easy to forget that our brains are only reconstructing a reality. But between the real and the imagined, are we always sure that we are leaning in the right direction? Doubt sets in, and illusion is created. Artists love to appropriate these optical illusions that play tricks on our intelligence. Doubt therefore becomes the centrepiece. Incomprehension of the situation drives our logical minds to construct a reassuring and coherent image.

Let's take a short trip back in time to understand the origins of optical illusions. During the age of Antiquity, architectural mastery attests to the knowledge of optical illusions in everyday life. The Parthenon's slightly curved construction lines corrected a natural optical effect with the result of appearing perfectly straight. This technical awareness allowed humans to appropriate spaces, play with depths and modify reality… While leaving the playing field open for artists to use at their leisure!

So illusions of impossible forms then came into existence. So much so that intelligence surrenders itself to the incomprehensibility of the different parts of the drawing or painting with which it is confronted. These impossible forms appeal to the paradoxical perspective, much exploited by Maurits Escher. His work centered around objects born of numbers and mathematical formulas such as the Penrose Staircase, an infinite staircase.

Here we have the meeting of art and mathematics. The infinite shapes of geometry allowed for the creation of works whose visual instability and movement throw the brain off balance. Hence the emergence of Op Art or Kinetic Art, based on the aesthetics of movement. Victor Vasarely, Alexander Calder and even Wojciech Fangor created paintings, sculptures and drawings in the image of the changing and unstable world. The placement of colour is essential here. For Carlos Cruz Diez, colour is a reality in its own right that affects humans, their moods and their perception of the world.

Accessible to a large audience due to their spectacular nature, optical illusions are social artworks. Following an experimental approach, artists offer the public experimental works whose admiration creates an environment conducive to play and reflection. Thus optical illusions have called into question the very function and status of a work of art. They have animated previously plain walls, opened up new dimensions and hypnotised any audience that observes them.

Their originality will please the youngest as well as the wisest among us. There is no doubt that optical illusions will animate your interior. Choose your colours according to your mood and travel into art's most psychedelic universe!

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Felipe Pantone, Integration System P01 FP377YYF, Print

Felipe Pantone

Integration System P01 FP377YYF, 2019
64 x 64 cm
Print

$2,371

Noir Artist, Contemplation - Paz, Painting

Noir Artist

Contemplation - Paz, 2021
150 x 100 x 5 cm
Painting

$6,521

Astro, Red Vortex, Painting

Astro

Red Vortex, 2021
130 x 100 cm
Painting

$6,996

Gilbert Frizon, Ex-tension XXVII, Sculpture

Gilbert Frizon

Ex-tension XXVII, 2016
22 x 40 x 18 cm
Sculpture

$2,075

Our recommendations Wilma Tabacco, Slip Side 2, Painting

Wilma Tabacco

Slip Side 2, 2003
56 x 76 x 6 cm
Painting

$3,794

Sergio Recabarren, Radial Spectrum 2, Print

Sergio Recabarren

Radial Spectrum 2, 2017
55 x 55 cm
Print

$2,223

1010, Floating Landscapes_07, Painting

1010

Floating Landscapes_07, 2019
100 x 80 cm
Painting

$8,300

Hein Gravenhorst, Light Reflex - Rotation 5, Photography

Hein Gravenhorst

Light Reflex - Rotation 5, 1965
30 x 30 cm
Photography

$1,779

Caroline Preston, Sun Swirl, Sculpture

Caroline Preston

Sun Swirl, 2018
78 x 78 x 2.5 cm
Sculpture

$1,613

Juan Carlos Beneyto, Contraste, Painting

Juan Carlos Beneyto

Contraste, 2013
70 x 70 cm
Painting

$1,660

Nick Smith, American Gothic, Print

Nick Smith

American Gothic, 2020
83 x 70 cm
Print

$3,500

Patrick  Dumas, Tout va bien dans le meilleur des mondes, Painting

Patrick Dumas

Tout va bien dans le meilleur des mondes, 2013
175 x 220 x 5 cm
Painting

$5,632

Patrik Grijalvo, Gravitacion Visual - Deconstruccion del centro Niemeyer, Aviles, Photography

Patrik Grijalvo

Gravitacion Visual - Deconstruccion del centro Niemeyer, Aviles, 2020
150 x 150 x 10 cm
Photography

$8,893

Winnie Denker, Eiffel Tower, Photography

Winnie Denker

Eiffel Tower, 2015
100 x 120 x 5 cm
Photography

$5,691

Victor Vasarely, Bianco, Painting

Victor Vasarely

Bianco, 1987
132.1 x 132.1 x 2.5 cm
Painting

$350,000

Richard Heeps, Beached Roller Coaster, Wildwood, New Jersey, Photography

Richard Heeps

Beached Roller Coaster, Wildwood, New Jersey, 2013
76 x 95 x 1 cm
Photography

$1,816

Jonathan Pradillon, Particule verte et violette, Painting

Jonathan Pradillon

Particule verte et violette, 2016
20 x 20 x 0.1 cm
Painting

$237

Our recommendations Victor Vasarely, Kabba II, Print

Victor Vasarely

Kabba II, 1989
102.5 x 64 x 0.1 cm
Print

$2,134

Carlos Cruz-Diez, Induction du Jaune Tepuy 3, Print

Carlos Cruz-Diez

Induction du Jaune Tepuy 3, 2018
60 x 60 cm
Print

$8,300

Yrjö Edelmann, The visual pathway to green, Print

Yrjö Edelmann

The visual pathway to green, 2010
70 x 60 cm
Print

$889

Michael Grine, Star bright, Painting

Michael Grine

Star bright, 2012
20.3 x 25.4 x 1.9 cm
Painting

$75 $100

Michael Grine, Slit, Painting

Michael Grine

Slit, 2012
25.4 x 20.3 x 1.9 cm
Painting

$100

Daniela Pasqualini, Monochrome symphony, Painting

Daniela Pasqualini

Monochrome symphony, 2021
121.9 x 91.4 x 3.8 cm
Painting

$3,000

Sergio Recabarren, Radial Spectrum 1, Print

Sergio Recabarren

Radial Spectrum 1, 2017
55 x 55 cm
Print

$2,223

Ghizlane Agzenaï, Totem Hadar, Painting

Ghizlane Agzenaï

Totem Hadar, 2021
100 x 82 x 4 cm
Painting

$7,707

Yaacov Agam, Geometric 2 Agam, Print

Yaacov Agam

Geometric 2 Agam, 1975
36.5 x 36 x 0.3 cm
Print

$2,253

Wilds, The Center, Sculpture

Wilds

The Center, 2015
120 x 120 x 15 cm
Sculpture

$14,169

Wilds, Half way, Sculpture

Wilds

Half way, 2016
123 x 119 cm
Sculpture

$15,355

Valentina Canseco, Matrice 31, Painting

Valentina Canseco

Matrice 31, 2021
162 x 130 x 4 cm
Painting

$7,588

François Morellet, 2 trames de tirets-positif, Print

François Morellet

2 trames de tirets-positif, 1960
62 x 62 cm
Print

$1,779

Andrej Jakab, Bird nr. 101904, Sculpture

Andrej Jakab

Bird nr. 101904, 2020
27.3 x 18 x 7.5 cm
Sculpture

$5,039

Vincent Poyen, N°112 - série sculpture murale, Sculpture

Vincent Poyen

N°112 - série sculpture murale, 2019
80 x 80 x 4.5 cm
Sculpture

$4,838

Leikun Nahusenay, Mother and child II, Painting

Leikun Nahusenay

Mother and child II, 2019
100 x 70 x 0.5 cm
Painting

$2,134

Jean-Paul Carbonel, P3.1, Painting

Jean-Paul Carbonel

P3.1, 2008
59 x 51 x 3 cm
Painting

$771

Jean-Paul Carbonel, CeH VI, Painting

Jean-Paul Carbonel

CeH VI, 2014
36 x 36 x 2 cm
Painting

$593

Lis Sam, Iris, Painting

Lis Sam

Iris, 2021
105 x 78 x 4.8 cm
Painting

$3,794

Richard Levine, Rhino II, Print

Richard Levine

Rhino II, 2019
40 x 40 x 1 cm
Print

$273

Our recommendations Gottfried Jäger, Photo 081023.1655, Photography

Gottfried Jäger

Photo 081023.1655, 2011
150 x 110 x 3 cm
Photography

$10,671

Akiza, Pancake, Painting

Akiza

Pancake, 2019
30 x 30 x 0.3 cm
Painting

$237

Akiza, Bo-Peep, Painting

Akiza

Bo-Peep, 2019
30 x 30 x 0.3 cm
Painting

$237

Jean-Paul Carbonel, Faisceau cercles VI, Painting

Jean-Paul Carbonel

Faisceau cercles VI, 2007
85 x 126 x 5 cm
Painting

$3,439

Evrard & Koch, Hors Cadre #4.10, Sculpture

Evrard & Koch

Hors Cadre #4.10, 2019
102 x 105 x 35 cm
Sculpture

$10,078

Patrick Bérubé, Déformation divine (Beethoven), Sculpture

Patrick Bérubé

Déformation divine (Beethoven), 2016
24 x 7 x 15 cm
Sculpture

$2,371

Dadodu, Spiral Curves, Print

Dadodu

Spiral Curves, 2019
80 x 80 x 0.2 cm
Print

$534

Philip Provily, Bouge, Photography

Philip Provily

Bouge, 2013
60 x 40 x 0.1 cm
Photography

$1,423

Romano Zanotti, Optical Orange, Painting

Romano Zanotti

Optical Orange, 1967
162 x 114 x 4 cm
Painting

$10,078

Romano Zanotti, Spazio fratturato, Painting

Romano Zanotti

Spazio fratturato, 2015
60 x 60 x 3 cm
Painting

$2,668

Roberto Lucchetta, Pink Fluo - geometric abstract painting, Painting

Roberto Lucchetta

Pink Fluo - geometric abstract painting, 2020
59 x 59 x 1 cm
Painting

$3,083

Roberto Lucchetta, Dynamic Structures - kinetic art painting, Painting

Roberto Lucchetta

Dynamic Structures - kinetic art painting, 2020
70 x 70 x 1 cm
Painting

$3,913

Roberto Lucchetta, White Red Surface, Painting

Roberto Lucchetta

White Red Surface, 2019
59 x 59 x 3 cm
Painting

$2,800

Jose Margulis, Displaced Illusion 30PR - Geometric Abstract  kinetic wall sculpture, Sculpture

Jose Margulis

Displaced Illusion 30PR - Geometric Abstract kinetic wall sculpture, 2019
76.2 x 76.2 x 7.6 cm
Sculpture

$8,300

Danny O'Connor, Can't Stop The Beat - Black, Painting

Danny O'Connor

Can't Stop The Beat - Black, 2018
81 x 51 x 5 cm
Painting

$4,628

Chuck Elliott, Lyric / deep base, Print

Chuck Elliott

Lyric / deep base, 2014
57 x 46 x 2 cm
Print

$813

Bruno Hoopka, Cosmolounge, Painting

Bruno Hoopka

Cosmolounge, 2018
95 x 215 x 3 cm
Painting

$5,929

Bruno Hoopka, Prenez un peu de recul, Painting

Bruno Hoopka

Prenez un peu de recul, 2017
115 x 115 x 3 cm
Painting

$3,676

Gregorio Siem, Floating Sculpture - Yellow, White and Silver, Sculpture

Gregorio Siem

Floating Sculpture - Yellow, White and Silver, 2019
90 x 80 x 78 cm
Sculpture

$6,047

Janina Wierusz Kowalska, Big Sleep, Painting

Janina Wierusz Kowalska

Big Sleep, 2018
200 x 135 cm
Painting

$27,271

Gavin Rain, Monica, Painting

Gavin Rain

Monica, 2020
170 x 140 x 8 cm
Painting

$26,678

Nikolay Buzov, Pyramid 11, Painting

Nikolay Buzov

Pyramid 11, 2019
80 x 80 x 2 cm
Painting

$2,490

Florence Boré, Jardin Sphérique, Painting

Florence Boré

Jardin Sphérique, 2018
36.5 x 30.5 x 0.5 cm
Painting

$2,964

Imre Drégely, Monoscopia, Photography

Imre Drégely

Monoscopia, 2006
140 x 140 x 4 cm
Photography

$4,150

Geoff Catlow, Waiting time, Painting

Geoff Catlow

Waiting time, 2016
90 x 90 x 3 cm
Painting

$5,330

Geoff Catlow, Fresh, Sculpture

Geoff Catlow

Fresh, 2017
100 x 100 x 2 cm
Sculpture

$7,223

Ruggiero Maria Rutigliano, David, Sculpture

Ruggiero Maria Rutigliano

David, 2018
72 x 50 x 12 cm
Sculpture

$5,976

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