‘Illusion is the first of all pleasures’
18th C Art / 19th C Art / Eighteenth Century / Nineteenth Century / Paintings

‘Illusion is the first of all pleasures’

Trompe l’oeil is an art technique of using realistic imagery to create works which appear to be three dimensional. Trompe l’oeil is French for ‘ to trick or deceive the eye’. Though it has evolved throughout the centuries, it is a technique of painting which stretches back into antiquity. There is an ancient Greek story … Continue reading

Flowers and Flutes: Monet’s House and the Museum of Impressionism
19th C Art / 20th C Art / Nineteenth Century / Twentieth Century

Flowers and Flutes: Monet’s House and the Museum of Impressionism

Determined to make the most of my last few weeks in France, I found myself on a train headed towards the small town of Vernon in Northern France. After a hop across the river Seine I was in the village of Giverny, home to Claude Monet’s House and Gardens. Perhaps the most famous of Monet’s … Continue reading