Louis Abel-Truchet (French, 1857–1918)
Trompe l’oeil of a Painter
Oil on panel and metal, 67 5/16 in. high
Signed on the palette: Abel Truchet; initialed on reverse: AT
This trompe l’oeil, or “fool the eye,” depicting a painter holding his palette and a paintbrush might be a self-portrait of the artist, who was a student of Jules Lefebvre (1836–1911) and Benjamin Constant (1845–1902). While Abel Truchet mostly painted landscapes and genre scenes in an impressionist style, this highly finished work stands in a long tradition of paintings, especially still lifes, which are meant to deceive the viewer.