Trompe l'oeil (deceive the eye) still life is a genre in which the artist uses close observation and faithful rendering to create the optical illusion of three-dimensional space on a flat surface. Photographic still life falls outside the scope of this board. It includes paintings only.
A typical work by Peto, this painting bears the false signature of William Michael Harnett, his better-known contemporary. Actually, Harnett seems to have been inspired to create “rack” paintings by Peto’s example in pictures such as this one