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Masters of Deception: Escher, Dali, & the Artists of Optical Illusionby Al Seckel
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Rings of seahorses that seem to rotate on the page. Butterflies that transform right before your eyes into two warriors with their horses. A mosaic portrait of oceanographer Jacques Cousteau made from seashells. These dazzling and often playful artistic creations manipulate perspective so cleverly that they simply outwit our brains: we canand#8217;t just take a quick glance and turn away. They compel us to look once, twice, and over and over again, as we try to figure out exactly how the delightful trickery manages to fool our perceptions so completely. Of course, first and foremost, every piece is beautiful on the surface, but each one offers us so much more. From Escherand#8217;s famous and elaborate and#147;Waterfalland#8221; to Shigeo Fukudaand#8217;s and#147;Mary Poppins,and#8221; where a heap of bottles, glasses, shakers, and openers somehow turn into the image of a Belle Epoque woman when the spotlight hits them, these works of genius will provide endless enjoyment.
Book News Annotation:
While aficionados of optical illusion art may be familiar with the work of Dali & Escher, fewer are familiar with the work of 16th-century artist Archimbolo, or with over a dozen contemporary artists who work in this genre. This oversize volume (9.25x11.25") displays the work of both famous and lesser known optical illusion & magic realism artists. Seckel (California Institute of Technology) presents a brief overview of the history of illusionary art, also called trompe l'oeil, and provides biographical information on each artist, as well as useful commentary on particular images. The book includes numerous color plates, a list of recommended readings, and contact information for many of the artists.
Annotation ©2004 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
Astonishing creations of visual trickery--by masters of the art, such as Escher, Dali, and Archimbolo--and an illuminating Foreword by the Pulitzer Prize-winning author Hofstadter make this breathtaking collection the definitive book of optical illusions.
Rings of seahorses seem to rotate and butterflies seems to transform into warriors right on the page. Astonishing creations of visual trickery by masters of the art, such as Escher, Dali, and Archimbolo make this breathtaking collection the definitive book of optical illusions. Includes an illuminating Foreword by the Pulitzer Prize-winning author Hofstadter.
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