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A Trompe l'oeil of Newspapers, Letters and Writing Implements on a Wooden Board

Photo credit: Tate

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Trompe l'oeil pieces (or 'deceptions' as they were commonly called) were among the most popular paintings to be found in the collections of well-to-do English households of the seventeenth century. Their practitioners were chiefly painters from the Low Countries, of which Collier was one. Although often contemplative in nature, their main objective was to startle the eye with a virtuoso ability to create the illusion of graspable objects in paint.

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  • Medium

    Oil on canvas

  • Measurements

    58.8 x 46.2 cm

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  • Acquisition method

    Purchased 1984

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