The art of illusion in famous paintings and lesser known works that trick the eye. The painting below is titled “Paranoiac Visage”. It was painted by the famous surrealist artist, Salvador Dali, in 1935.
Swans Reflecting Elephants
Swans Reflecting Elephants is an optical illusion painting by Salvador Dali.
Forever Always is an optical illusion painted by Octavio Ocampo. It seems to be a portrait of an old couple looking at each other, but hidden in the painting are two men and a golden chalice.
The Roses Illusion is a painting by Donald Rust. Can you see the face hidden in the flowers?
Girl in a Chair
The girl in a chair is an optical illusion by Oleg Shuplyak, an artist from the Ukraine. This painting conceals the face of the famous surrealist artist, Salvador Dali.
The Image Disappears
The Image Disappears is an optical illusion painted by Salvador Dali in 1938. At first, it seems to be a painting of a woman. On closer inspection, a man’s face appears. The woman’s arm forms a moustache, her head forms an eye and her skirt forms a beard.
A similar effect is found in this etching by an unknown artist.
Visions of Don Quixote is an optical illusion painted by Octavio Ocampo. It is based on the famous novel by Miguel Cervantes and depicts the madness of Quixote and his battle against windmills.
Octavio Ocampo also created a number of other paintings based on the same novel. This one is called Friendship of Don Quixote.
This painting is titled Court of Quixote.
Little Bo Peep
Little Bo Peep is an optical illusion painting by Donald Rust. It depicts a flock of sheep in a country landscape, with a hidden face in the grass and stones.
This painting of a woman’s face was done by Oleg Shuplyak, a Ukrainian artist who uses hidden images to turn his artworks into mind-blowing optical illusions. His speciality is creating portraits of people that use figures, objects and landscapes to give the oil paintings a double meaning.
Woman and Child
Woman and Child in Field with Movie Star is an optical illusion painted by Salvador Dali in 1941.
This Love Illusion was painted by Octavio Ocampo and is titled “The Kiss of the Sea”. The optical illusion seems to depict a branch on the ocean shore, but then reveals two faces kissing in the water.
Old Age, Adolescence, Infancy (The Three Ages) is a famous painting by Salvador that contains an optical illusion of a human face.
Romeo and Juliet
Romeo and Juliet is an optical illusion painted by Octavio Ocampo. Can you see the hidden woman in the picture?
The white blouse the woman is wearing in this picture creates the visual illusion of two faces. It is a painting by Rafal Olbinski that was created for the cover of the book, She Stoops to Folly.
This landscape painting is an optical illusion that conceals a hidden face.
The Face of Mae West was painted in 1934 by Salvador Dali. At the time, Mae West was a famous actress and Dali created an optical illusion in which an apartment created the image of her face.
Dali actually drew up plans to create an actual room and, when the Salvador Dali museum was being constructed during the early 1970s, his Mae West Room was finally built to his specifications.
Ballerina in a Death’s Head is an optical illusion painted by Salvador Dali in 1939.
This animal face painting by an uknown artist contains 28 animals. Can you find them all?
This painting was inspired by the works of a 16th Century Italian artist named Guiseppe Arcimboldo. Here is one example of his style.