Have you ever been to an art exhibit and found yourself intrigued by a certain painting? So much so that you needed to look at it awhile to allow the mind to interpret what the eyes were seeing? It's that sense that something is "off."
Intriguing the viewer's mind has been the goal of many talented artists. They are like magicians who use sleight of hand to capture the attention of the audience. I thought it would be fun to demonstrate a subtle form of this sleight of hand in a few well-known paintings. (click on image to enlarge)
Degas' painting: "The Bar at the Folies Bergère"
Look carefully. Is that the same girl in a mirror or a different girl?
Manet's painting: "The Waitress"
Where is the person in the top hat sitting?
Degas' painting: "Ballet Rehearsal"
Are we seeing another room in the background or is that a mirror reflecting the rest of the room?