Trompe l'oeil Tour

PRIVATE VISIT - Available on demand

Suggested duration:

2 h


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Tour adapted for people with reduced mobility

Trompe l’oeil Tour

The history of “deceiving the eye“ by the incredibly realistic style of painting goes all the way back to Ancient Greece, but it was in the Paris salon of 1800, that we first heard the French term Trompe l’oeil. The style can be seen in painting, but on this tour we will focus on decorative murals of an architecture. This fashion originated from Italy, as a plan of “correcting” urban planning accidents that produced many blank walls that were not visually pleasing. By painting windows, balconies, doors or other architectural elements, an illusion of a façade is created. Today this style reached another level, as the murals depict living creatures: animals and even humans, that from afar can be easily mistaken for the real ones. 
On this tour we will take you to Levallois-Perret – one out of the two Paris’ most expensive suburbs. It is known for its murals, but also for its history. For example, it was here that Eiffel constructed both the Statue of Liberty and the Eiffel Tower.  We will admire the impressive artwork, explain its origins, techniques, and meaning. We will also show you around this secret neighbourhood that not many tourists are aware of. 

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