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Street Art and Trompe-l'oeil. The Surrealists of the street.

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Street Art and Trompe-l'oeil. The Surrealists of the street.

The Artists of Street Art use remarkably Trompe-l’oeil. Thus rivers seem to cross the streets, of old gods, the animals of any kind, the quite improbable buildings seem to emerge from the holes drawn on a flat ground. Often the pictures represents a danger which the passer by must avoid and look at. On the floors the illusions of size are most frequent. The surrounding elements are integrated into works and the trees become the hair of a face or trunks become pencils. The images are astonishing. An angle of street becomes the prow of a ship, a grid reveals the hearts of the prisoners. On the bottom this manner is very close to surrealism, this art adopts the same distance with the reason, the essential note of humor, the references to antiquity, of the very hot colors often. Trompe-l'oeil because it is spectacular is very much used. Other forms of Street Art exist, in particular to dispute. The main feature of this art of the street is its freedom as much on the bottom that on the form. Moreover it is a transitory art which is not intended to be exposed nor sold. Thus the freedom of tone and the subject is total. If the works were on frame and intended to be exposed the artists would not express same manner. We are accustomed to contemplate the works formatted and without true philosophical direction. Works of the street challenge, disturb, dispute, make fun freely of the world and its inhabitants. The Trompe l’oeil is especially used to surprise the spectator and to challenge it. A work of Street Art can have a gigantic dimension. The artists often use this size with humor. Thus this little girl with her magnifying glass which seems to want to seize and study the passers by. Welcome in the world of the dream descended in the street.