Art: Eyefooler

After being beaten black & white by straight photography, realistic painting has come back in exquisite disarray in the works of Surrealists Salvador Dali, René Magritte, et al. The vogue for their delicately painted dream pictures has caused a slighter vogue for "trompe l'ceil" (fool the eye) paintings, a form of virtuosity in every age since the birds came to peck at Apelles' painted grapes. Eyefoolers were, in fact, a popular specialty in the U. S. 60 years ago. Last week in Detroit an interesting U. S. Eyefooler of that period made news when...

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