Masters of Deception

Masters of Deception

Escher, Dalí & the Artists of Optical Illusion

Book - 2004
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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 can'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 Escher's famous and elaborate "Waterfall" to Shigeo Fukuda's "Mary Poppins," 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.
Publisher: New York : Sterling, 2004
ISBN: 9781402751011
Branch Call Number: 701.15 SEC 2004
Characteristics: 320 p. : ill

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Jan 21, 2013

Stunning works in high-quality book material. Ingeniously organized by type of illusion art, so you can get immersed in the flavor of each style over several artists. Between my family & friends, this beautiful oversize book entertained probably at least 15 hours altogether. And I didn't even study all the educational text about the illusion techniques.

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