William Harnett (1848-1852)
“Still Life-Violin and Music” (1888)
Oil on canvas
Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York City, New York, United States

Visual eye trickery is the name of the game! Let us spend a little time with William Harnett (1848-1892) and his masterful trompe-l'œil paintings. Harnett’s work is known for using trompe-l'œil and visual illusions that make the viewer want to reach out and organized the mismatched still-life before them. Here is his piece Secretary’s Table (ca.1879). Oil on canvas.