Out-of-Frame: Early Days

The past several posts have illustrated images that I call out-of-frame. Today – a historical perspective. Tomorrow and Tuesday will conclude the series with two different how-to’s.

For the art historians out there, long after I started doing OOF I came across this painting. There’s nothing new in the world………..

It’s called Escaping Criticism (even in days of yore art judges weren’t looked upon kindly, it seems). It’s an example of a style called

“trompe l’oeil” (French for “fool the eye”)

which is more descriptive than OOF, I guess.

Pere Borrell del Caso (Spanish, 19th century), Escaping Criticism, 1874, oil on canvas, Banco de España, Madrid. In advance of the art critics, this boy (the painting itself) appears to be escaping out of the frame.


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