Very beautiful trompe l'oeil on a brown background imitating the grain of wood, with several simulated leaves, two of which bear the initials "D" and "E", two imitating the pages of a book, one in French, the other in Italian, two imitating ink drawings of a still life with pike in a lake landscape and a figure in the midst of ancient ruins; and two letters with embossed seals, one depicting a figure in profile wearing the wig and the other depicting an antique bronze coin.
Mixed media on paper, watercolor, gouache, black ink, white wax and colored wax.
French school from the mid-18th century.
Frame: Height: 57 cm; Width: 49 cm
Sheet: Height: 36 cm; Width: 28 cm
Our opinion :
The trompe-l'oeil is a pictorial genre intended to play on the confusion of the perception of the spectator who, knowing that he is in front of a painting and a painted flat surface, is nevertheless deceived by the means of obtaining this illusion.
The design we present perfectly symbolizes the wide range of possibilities offered by this particular type.
While imitations of wood, prints and books are quite common, the use of wax to imitate the seals of letters or coins is much rarer.
The anamorphosis obtained gives relief and a special charm to this work.