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2 h


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Trompe l’oeil Tour

The history of “Trompe l’oeil” which consists of painting in an incredibly realistic style dates back to ancient Greece, but it was in 1800, at the Paris Salon, that we first heard the French term “Trompe l’oeil”. This style can be found in painting, but on this tour we will focus on murals. This style was born in Italy, as a way to “correct” the accidents of urbanism that produced many white walls that were unpleasant to look at. By painting windows, balconies, doors or other architectural elements, the illusion of a façade is created. Today, this style has reached another level, as the murals depict living creatures: animals and even humans, which from a distance can be easily mistaken for the real thing. 

On this tour we will take you to Levallois-Perret, one of the two richest suburbs of Paris. It is known for its murals, but also for its history. For example, it is here that Eiffel built the Statue of Liberty and the Eiffel Tower.  We will admire the impressive works of art, explain their origins, their techniques and their meaning. We will also show you this secret neighborhood that very few tourists know.