This painting is an example of trompe l'oeil painting. Trompe l'oeil means "fool the eye" and it refers to a genre of painting that uses forced perspective to give the illusion of depth. It has been a popular style throughout the ages but was particularly admired in the 1800s with the work of William Hartnett, John Haberle and John Peto.
In this case, the string and it's shadow create the illusion that the feather is actually hanging before an old wooden box. The box itself is purported to be an opium box form the early 1900s! It's a gorgeous example of distressed painted wood, in spite of it's nefarious past!
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3x6" oil on board
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