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Optical Illusions

Surface Couleur, Julio Le Parc

Surface Couleur

Julio Le Parc

Print - 11.8 x 11.8 inch


Integration System P01 FP377YYF, Felipe Pantone

Integration System P01 FP377YYF

Felipe Pantone

Print - 25.2 x 25.2 inch


Slip Side 2, Wilma Tabacco

Slip Side 2

Wilma Tabacco

Painting - 22 x 29.9 x 2.4 inch


Pop Panda, Patrick Rubinstein

Pop Panda

Patrick Rubinstein

Print - 27.2 x 27.2 x 1.2 inch


Spiral Curves, Dadodu

Spiral Curves


Print - 31.5 x 31.5 x 0.1 inch


Transgression, AC 5


AC 5

Painting - 45.5 x 34.8 x 0.8 inch


Monica, Gavin Rain


Gavin Rain

Painting - 66.9 x 55.1 x 3.1 inch


Tout va bien dans le meilleur des mondes, Patrick  Dumas

Tout va bien dans le meilleur des mondes

Patrick Dumas

Painting - 68.9 x 86.6 x 2 inch


Amazing Tomato, N.Nathan

Amazing Tomato


Print - 39.4 x 39.4 x 0.4 inch


Modicum Blue, Jarmila Kostliva

Modicum Blue

Jarmila Kostliva

Print - 24.4 x 18.1 x 0.1 inch


RefletX14, Sylvie Guyomard


Sylvie Guyomard

Painting - 18.1 x 18.1 x 0.1 inch


Particule verte et violette, Jonathan Pradillon

Particule verte et violette

Jonathan Pradillon

Painting - 7.9 x 7.9 x 0 inch


2 trames de tirets-positif, François Morellet

2 trames de tirets-positif

François Morellet

Print - 24.4 x 24.4 inch


96. Christ de Loudun, Bernard Pras

96. Christ de Loudun

Bernard Pras

Photography - 41.7 x 31.5 x 1.2 inch


Optical show Blue_01, Tatiana Lebedev

Optical show Blue_01

Tatiana Lebedev

Design - 9.8 x 7.9 x 2 inch


The light of the night, Eric Robin

The light of the night

Eric Robin

Painting - 51.2 x 51.2 x 2 inch


Rectangle angulaire, Jean-Paul Jacquet

Rectangle angulaire

Jean-Paul Jacquet

Painting - 27.6 x 47.2 x 2 inch


Jardin Sphérique, Florence Boré

Jardin Sphérique

Florence Boré

Painting - 14.4 x 12 x 0.2 inch


Vibration circulaire, Piero Cipolat

Vibration circulaire

Piero Cipolat

Painting - 47.2 x 47.2 x 2.4 inch

$5,418 $4,877

Folding U2R, Cristina Ghetti

Folding U2R

Cristina Ghetti

Painting - 31.5 x 31.5 x 2 inch


Blue Sysmo, Cristina Ghetti

Blue Sysmo

Cristina Ghetti

Painting - 39 x 39 x 2 inch


Batman Steel, S2Bart

Batman Steel


Sculpture - 9.8 x 8.3 x 7.9 inch


Mouvement perpétuel, Piero Cipolat

Mouvement perpétuel

Piero Cipolat

Painting - 39.4 x 39.4 x 2 inch


La forme du Ciel 1, Marie Vandooren

La forme du Ciel 1

Marie Vandooren

Print - 9.4 x 11.8 inch


Lumineux bleu, Piero Cipolat

Lumineux bleu

Piero Cipolat

Painting - 37.4 x 37.4 x 3.9 inch

$6,414 $5,772

Star bright, Michael Grine

Star bright

Michael Grine

Painting - 8 x 10 x 0.75 inch


Slit, Michael Grine


Michael Grine

Painting - 10 x 8 x 0.75 inch


Infiltration XV, Kamila Gruszecka

Infiltration XV

Kamila Gruszecka

Painting - 33.5 x 23.6 x 1.2 inch


Life Under Bridge 2, Segun Phillips

Life Under Bridge 2

Segun Phillips

Painting - 48 x 36 x 1 inch


Miroir vénitien, Beline Loeb

Miroir vénitien

Beline Loeb

Painting - 31.5 x 23.6 x 0.1 inch


DERAISON, Beline Loeb


Beline Loeb

Painting - 31.5 x 23.6 x 0.1 inch


N°112 - série sculpture murale, Vincent Poyen

N°112 - série sculpture murale

Vincent Poyen

Sculpture - 31.5 x 31.5 x 1.8 inch


Torsion d'albâtre N°3, Edith BK

Torsion d'albâtre N°3

Edith BK

Sculpture - 51.2 x 9.8 x 5.9 inch


Pancake, Akiza



Painting - 11.8 x 11.8 x 0.1 inch


Bo-Peep, Akiza



Painting - 11.8 x 11.8 x 0.1 inch


Hong Kong Jour #33, Didier Fournet

Hong Kong Jour #33

Didier Fournet

Photography - 39.4 x 39.4 x 2 inch


Pink Panther, Nami Oz

Pink Panther

Nami Oz

Painting - 37.8 x 29.5 x 2.4 inch


Balalaïka N°025, Georges Saulterre

Balalaïka N°025

Georges Saulterre

Sculpture - 28 x 11.4 x 3.9 inch


White 1, Victor Rodriguez

White 1

Victor Rodriguez

Print - 29.9 x 22 inch


La Femme Zèbre, Salam

La Femme Zèbre


Print - 15.7 x 11.8 x 1.2 inch


La Femme Spirale, Salam

La Femme Spirale


Print - 19.7 x 23.6 x 1.2 inch


Pikilyi Jukurrpa (Vaughan springs dreaming), Grace Butcher Napangardi

Pikilyi Jukurrpa (Vaughan springs dreaming)

Grace Butcher Napangardi

Painting - 15.7 x 15.7 inch


Ngurlu Jukurrpa (Native seed dreaming), Nardia Stafford Napurrurla

Ngurlu Jukurrpa (Native seed dreaming)

Nardia Stafford Napurrurla

Painting - 15.7 x 15.7 inch


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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