Your Eyes are Playing Tricks on You

In this gallery are examples of how painting use Perspective to play tricks on your eyes. These images are of paintings that appear to have more depth to them than what the paper or canvas could allow in reality.

A Practice of Behavior 2009- Gestures in swimming pool SN.7-009, Kwon, Sunkwan, 2005, From the collection of: Korean Art Museum Association
This image uses perspective my tricking your eye into thinking your look at a pool, however with the child in the middle towards the front of the image it looks like he his climbing on the ropes instead of swimming. 
View of Tivoli: the Cascatelle and the 'Villa of Maecenas', Wilson, Richard, c.1752, From the collection of: Dulwich Picture Gallery
This image shows depth by utilizing atmospheric perspective by creating a foggy look as it goes deeper into the scene along the mountains. 
Wire, Nash, Paul, 1918, From the collection of: Imperial War Museums
This image shows depth and perspective by making the dead tree on the right hand side a little larger, this makes the rest of the images look as if its farther back. 
Death, Teodors Ūders, 1914/1914, From the collection of: Latvian National Museum of Art
This image shows depth and perspective because the skeleton is larger than the canvas and it looks as if its walking into the depths of the ocean. 
Sailing Boats at Argenteuil, Gustave Caillebotte, circa 1888, From the collection of: Musée d’Orsay, Paris
The sailboats getting smaller and thinner, along with the bridge in the background show depth and perspective.
Dream of Arcadia, Thomas Cole, c. 1838, From the collection of: Denver Art Museum
This image is showing perspective because the artist is taking advantage of atmospheric perspective, this is when he make the background get lighter as it goes deeper into the painting, almost creating a fog-like effect. 
Midsummer Eve bonfire on Skagen's beach, P.S. Krøyer, 1906, From the collection of: Skagens Museum
As the man on fire stands in the middle of the circle the painter shows perspective by making the people in the back proportionally smaller than the people who seem to me closer to the front of the painting. 
The Tower of Babel, Pieter Bruegel the Elder, 1563, From the collection of: Kunsthistorisches Museum Wien
This image shows perspective because the artist made the background landscape look as if it goes deep into the painting. 
Danish artists at the Osteria La Gensola in Rome, Ditlev Blunck, 1837-01-01/1837-12-31, From the collection of: Thorvaldsens Museum
The architecture in this painting casts shadows on the wall and the people in the background are smaller than the people closer to the front of the painting, this creates the illusion of depth and perspective in the painting. 
View from Stalheim, Johan Christian Dahl, 1842, From the collection of: The National Museum of Art, Architecture and Design, Norway
The artist used atmospheric perspective in this painting to create the illusion of the painting going deeper and deeper into the canvas. 
Saudade [Longing], Almeida Júnior, 1899, From the collection of: Pinacoteca de São Paulo
This painting shows perspective because the window the leaning up against is created by the baroque type of painting doen with the dark colors of the wall and her dress, leading the eye to believe that the painting is 3D.
The Yellow Log, Edvard Munch, 1912, From the collection of: The Munch Museum, Oslo
To create the illusion of depth in this canvas the artist uses perspective and a vanishing point to draw your eye deeper into the painting. The fallen tree stump in the center of the painting gets skinnier as it goes further away and larger as it gets closer. 
Northumberland House, London, William James, ca. 1759, From the collection of: Yale Center for British Art
In this image the artist creates a vanishing point in between the buildings on the left and the buildings  on the right. Also because the buildings appear to be a two and three point perspective it gives the look of what seems to be a photograph instead of a painting. 
Picnic in the country, Gaspar Homar, Around 1905-1906, From the collection of: Museu Nacional d'Art de Catalunya - MNAC, Barcelona
In this simplistic painting, the artist using the landscape in the background to imply that the painting goes further back and creates depth to the painting. 
Gassed, Sargent, John Singer (RA), 1919, From the collection of: Imperial War Museums
By painting the people in the back ground proportionally smaller than the people in the foreground, the image looks as if the main subjects are closer to the viewer. 
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