William Michael Harnett

(1848-1892) An Irish-American painter who helped pioneer a trompe l'oeil (literally, "fool the eye") style of realistic painting. He painted still lifes of common household objects arranged in such a way that the painting was to be mistaken for the objects themselves. These objects included musical instruments, firearms, and even paper currency, similar to contemporary John Haberle and successor Otis Kaye...

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1876 - Mortality and Immortality 1876 - Raisin Cake with Fruit and Wine 1876 - Still Life with Ginger Jar 1877 - Writing Table
1878 - Job Lot Cheap 1878 - Music and Literature 1878 - Pipe and Mug 1878 - Solace
1879 - The Social Club 1881 - Fruit and Vase 1881 - Fruit with Champagne Bottle and Newspaper 1882 - A Study Table
1884 - After the Hunt 1884 - Munich Still Life 1886 - Music 1886 - The Old Violin
1887 - Ease 1888 - Violin and Music 1889 - The Old Cupboard Door 1892 - Old Models