Trompe l’oeil, Les Falaises du Trocadéro, 18 mai 2021, 19h58, Paris, France, 2021


  • medium Giclée Print Laminated with G-gloss, Mounted on 3mm Dibond
  • edition 232/580
  • size 37.79w x 25.25h in
  • created 2021
SKU: 231101563 Artist: Tags: , , , , ,

COA: This work comes with a certificate of authenticity from West Chelsea Contemporary.
Published: Heni Editions

Collection Note:

From the vantage point of Parvis des Droits de l’Homme in Paris, from May to June 2021, JR exhibited a gigantic trompe l’oeil, a black and white image beneath the Eiffel Tower. Continuing his engagement with architecture and monuments, JR reimagined the area beneath the iconic tower, portraying a scene in which a large precipice parts, revealing deep below a busy street. The installation followed JR’s engagement with the centuries-old technique of trompe l’oeil, a clever tool harnessed by artists to fool viewers into thinking they are looking at the real thing. The resulting effect raised questions regarding the boundaries between our world and, in JR’s case, the photographic one. In the Les Falaises du Trocadéro installation JR also employed anamorphosis, a mathematical illusion and visual game that constructs and deconstructs the image according to the position of the viewer, making his image more lifelike.

Trompe l’oeil, Les Falaises du Trocadéro is a series of durational photographic prints JR created to capture and thereby memorialize his installation. The artworks renew themselves according to the various lights of day, with each moment offering a new perspective on Paris’ most famous monument. JR continues to reveal the monuments of Paris in a new light by sublimating them and inviting spectators to take a fresh look at their everyday environment.