Stunning Examples of Trompe l’Oeil Murals

Trompe-l'oeil is a French expression that translates into English as deceive the eye. It is an art technique that uses realistic imagery to create the optical illusion that the depicted objects exist in three dimensions – in other words, life-like art that tricks the eye.

We previously looked at Realistic 3D Street Painting, which is, in general, painted on a horizontal surface (road, pavement, etc), so in this round-up we have selected some of the best examples of trompe-l'oeil that we could find, which are generally painted on vertical surfaces such as walls... all of these are painted on flat surfaces and some, if not all of them are amazingly unbelievable... or maybe I should say amazingly believable!

Trompe l'Oeil Murals

Trompe l'oeil – Montpelier
Trompe l'oeil - Montpelier

Trompe-l'oeil Hagemeyer
Trompe l'oeil Hagemeyer

Trompe l'oeil Wall with Seagull
Trompe l'oeil Wall with Seagull

Mezzanine en Trompe l'oeil
Mezzanine en Trompe l'oeil

LaSalle Trompe l'Oeil Golden Door
LaSalle Trompe l'Oeil Golden Door

Chiavari, Trompe l'oeil
Chiavari, Trompe l'oeil

Nice, Facade en Trompe-l'oeil
Nice, Facade in Trompe-l'oeil

Trompe L'Oeil, Trowbridge, Wiltshire
Trompe L'Oeil, Trowbridge, Wiltshire

Trompe l'oeil – Quebec
Trompe l'oeil - Quebec

Trompe l'Oeil – Venice, California
Trompe l'Oeil - Venice, California

Trompe l'Oeil – La Souterraine
Trompe l'Oeil - La Souterraine

Trompe l'Oeil a St Genis-Pouilly
Trompe l'Oeil a St Genis-Pouilly

Trompe l'oeil Bridge Mural over Carroll Creek, Frederick, MD
Trompe l'oeil Bridge Mural over Carroll Creek, Frederick, MD

San Diego Skyline Trompe L'oeil
San Diego Skyline Trompe L'oeil

Trompe l'oeil at Knaresborough Railway Station
Trompe l'oeil at Knaresborough Railway Station

Trompe l'oeil Blueprint
Trompe l'oeil Blueprint

Trompe l'Oeil – It's a flat wall! Winnipeg, Canada
Trompe l'Oeil - It's a flat wall! Winnipeg, Canada

Lione, Trompe l'oeil
Lione, Trompe l'oeil

Tuscany Trompe L'oeil – Close Up
Tuscany Trompe L'oeil – Close Up

Trompe l'oeil Mural – Quebec City
Trompe l'oeil Mural – Quebec City

Bucyrus, Great American Crossroad
Bucyrus, Great American Crossroad

Ohio & Erie Canal
Ohio & Erie Canal

Centennial Arch
Centennial Arch

39 George V, Paris
39 George V, Paris

Art Imitating Life Imitating Art
Art Imitating Life Imitating Art

Tunnel Vision
Tunnel Vision

Painted Vigneron's Hut
Painted Vigneron's Hut

Photo Opportunity – Swanage, Dorset
Photo Opportunity – Swanage, Dorset

Painted Houses, France
Painted Houses, France

Conclusion

I hope you were as blown away by these images as I was. Have you seen a trompe l'oeil mural in real life? Have you come across any really good ones that we missed from this list? Please share your comments and links with us in the section below.