As Far As the Eye Can See

This is a virtual art gallery based on the concept of linear perspective, including various illusions created by artists in works of paint. Curated by: Michael Goodrich

Vincent van Gogh, in this painting of his bedroom, uses perspective to draw the eye to the back of the room with walls and furniture directed from bottom left and right towards the window almost center. The chair in the back of the room is painted much smaller than the chair on the left side forefront, but the eye sees it as the same sized chair. The pictures on the right side wall make sense, but are clearly out of directional proportion.
In Grant Wood's depiction of President George Washington, there is an interesting spherical perspective moving from bottom left to upper right. The canvas moves on a curve with circle-shaped foliage bending to the angle.
Here we see Ditlev Blunck's painting of artists dining in an Italian kitchen with a pretty straight-foreward perspective. Of particular quandary is the window in the upper center of the room. Was the window crafted with a sill that feathers down and out from the glass pane? Most windows have a flat sill that would not be easily seen at the artist's perspective angle.
In number five of Wolfgang Lettl's, 13 Attempts to Become a Rooster, perspective plays out with a seemingly very far away building in the background. However, the bottom floor of this building and its windows look to sink into the ground as the near the horizon line.
In this painting of the Seventh Dalai Lama, Kalzang Gyatso, we see an expression of his past lives surrounding him. Although, they all present themselves facing forward, the viewer perceives a foreground of those towards the bottom of the canvas, moving backward towards the top. The painter uses an illusion of perspective to bring a 2-dimension to life.
"The Duel" by Wolfgang Lettl, shows an impressive use of conflicting elements of perspective. From the foreground window box with items laying on the sill, to the moon going down over the horizon in the far distance, to the bridge reflecting on the water center frame.
Perspective in this painting by Horace Pippin is flat and 2-dimensional, yet still has a 3-dimensional appeal. The room, floors, and furniture are very linear up and down, left and right, yet the viewer gets the feeling of depth in the Christmas tree and people.
This painting, by Wolfgang Lettl, throws caution to the wind, with a very surreal perspective. The male painter looks flat while the female muse looks curvaceous. The horses are larger than life while stuffed inside a silo with unusually small windows and doors.
In another work by Wolfgang Lettl, we have a clear vanishing point in the center of the canvas, where everything else is angled towards. If you drew an "X" over this canvas you can see how it all comes together. In exaggeration, look how the painter stretches the man's back leg towards the center frame with tiny little shoe on his foot to keep this perspective.
In this work by George Caleb Bingham, we have a zig-zag pattern from bottom left to right, up to the middle of the canvas, then back to center. This painter uses perspective to show the long line of people along the Missouri river coming to sell their wares.
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