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“Op” Art. And Optical Illusions. What is “Op” Art?. “Op” is short for optical . Optical means having to do with the eye. As in Optometrist, optician, optics… Optical Illusions and Optical art are also referred to as “Trompe de l’oeil or trompe l’oeil, which is French for “to trick the eye”.

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Op art

“Op” Art

And Optical Illusions


What is op art
What is “Op” Art?

  • “Op” is short for optical. Optical means having to do with the eye. As in Optometrist, optician, optics…

  • Optical Illusions and Optical art are also referred to as “Trompe de l’oeil or trompe l’oeil, which is French for “to trick the eye”.



Optical illusion
“Optical Illusion.”

Is the ball moving?



Op art began in the 1960 s
Op Art began in the 1960’s.

  • Optical Art is a mathematically-themed form of Abstract art, Abstract meaning it doesn’t have to look like something.


What is op art1
What is “Op Art?”

The point of optical art is to confuse the eye. There is no other subject.



Look at this picture again:

In Op art, the dark colors recede while the light colors advance.



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M.C. Escher impossible architecture(Maurits Cornelis Escher)


Escher s impossible architecture
Escher’s impossible architecture impossible architecture


Or not so impossible
Or, not so impossible! impossible architecture


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