- Paperback: 320 pages
- Publisher: Sterling (August 1, 2007)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 140275101X
- ISBN-13: 978-1402751011
- Product Dimensions: 9 x 1 x 11 inches
- Shipping Weight: 3.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 139 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #45,091 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Masters of Deception: Escher, Dalí & the Artists of Optical Illusion Paperback – August 1, 2007
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This book does not disappoint. For anyone who wants to know more about the different kinds of picture Illusions and the backgrounds of the artists, this book is for you. Of course it has the standards, but it also has more obscure artists which are just as talented but haven't received the international acclaim of an Escher which of course is also in this book. Even though there isn't room in this book for all the work of every artist, it gives the reader many good examples of each artists work, which will no doubt compel one to find more pieces by those artists. Highly recomended.
For a start it is not a coffee book with pictures to be leafed through when bored. The writing is central to the book; explaining that vision itself is deception before considering deception in art (which is all , in turn, deception by definition).
Then the author makes no attempt at an exhaustive history of optical illusions in art. He gives us a delightful cameo of Giuseppe Arcimboldo whose paintings of faces made of fruit can be seen in Vienna, I think. Then its pretty well a leap straight to the 20th century with Dali, Escher and several living artists.
I was never really a fan of Dali , an opinion based on the single big canvas to be seen in most galleries.But some of the Dalis in this book such as hand painted twin stereoscopic images are stunningly clever. And the other artists are often even more clever;just astoundingly so! Just what imagination and skills do you need to make sculptures of impossible 3 dimensional figures?
Theres no attempt to give an exhaustive list of op artists and everyone will quibble about one or two artists covered, but the overall theme of the book is excellent.
By the way, the book is outstanding value on Amazon and has a back-up web site which I must visit soon!
Quibbles? Well some time serious artistic works are going to have to more than tip their caps to Magic Eye programmes for achieving what Psychology text books said was completely impossible: 3D images in colour from one single 'picture'.
Highly recommended, if you like your art coming out of "left field."