Rainer Maria Latzke brings back the Trompe l´Oeil.
Trompe l’oeil (French for ‘deceive the eye’) fascinated the Borghias and the Medicis so much that their entire interiors were a showcase of plastering and ‘false marble’ paint effects, even though they were rich enough to afford real marble and onyx. With the rise of the industry in the nineteenth century murals were replaced by wallpaper and the technique was gradually lost. The contemporary desire for an original interior drove the Trompe l’oeil artists to revive the art form. There exist only a handful of professional Trompe l’oeil artists and the German Rainer Maria Latzke who lives in Belgium is one of those great masters. He was commissioned to decorate the bathroom in the palace of the royal prince Ras Al Khaima in the United Arab Emirates or flown to Beverly Hills to transform the swimming pool of a movie star with his spacial illusions. (read more…)