- n. alternative spelling of trompe l'oeil.
- adj. creating the illusion of seeing reality
“Bibliophiles are the ones most likely to "get" Wolfe's trompe-l'oeil obsessiveness not least as he favors first editions; but those of us who recognize the first art book that turned us on, the first book of poetry that fired our curiosity, the first translation into English of a legendary Surrealist novel, the first monograph on our favorite filmmaker will also understand Wolfe's impulse.”
“Sculptor Robert Lobe (b. 1945) may not have the sensitivity of a Japanese gardener (his blunt forms are equally indebted to stage design, the art of trompe-l'oeil and the sculpture of David Smith), but his three hammered aluminum repoussé sculptures—placed in and around Lullwater near the Boathouse in Prospect Park—wed Eastern and Western sensibilities.”
“For its first hotel project in Paris, Maison Martin Margiela creates a theatrical environment where realty and trompe-l'oeil are mixing together.”
“For his own signature work, Thomas Demand builds and photographs intricate, small-scale, trompe-l'oeil models.”
“Simone Falcetta Benan's "Investment Bankers" collection includes this gray trompe-l'oeil print suit.”
“The second most depressing thing about this summer at the movies was seeing that warmed-over rehash The Hangover II – a triumph of trompe-l'oeil marketing over substance – made $580m worldwide.”
“The painting's so good, it runs the risk of being admired as a trompe-l'oeil trick, overshadowing what it tells us about changes to an urban space.”
“An almost ramshackle façade gets a colorful lift with a charming trompe-l'oeil. délabré, e (day-lah-bray) adjective dilapidated, impaired, broken, ramshackle délabrer (verb) = to wreck, ruin; to spoil”
“This was dissatisfying to me not because she simply vanished, but because her disappearance was the last in a long line of trompe-l'oeil pieces strung together not because they tell a cohesive story, but because they fit into the allotted broadcast time.”
“Stylistic singing plus incredibly beautiful and historic paper trompe-l'oeil sets originally painted in the 1930s by Josep Mestres Cabanes, the last representative of an old Catalan school of scenography, and restored for this production.”
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