Jan 10, 2020

Santa Fe

Trompe L'Oeil

Santa Fe


Oscar Pintor

(Argentinian, b. 1941)

Gelatin silver print

Overall: 38 x 38 cm (14 15/16 x 14 15/16 in.)

Gift of Jorge and Martha Schneider 2019.154


Did you know?

This mural in Argentina depicts a sculpture on San Diego’s waterfront that was based on a photograph taken in New York’s Times Square in 1945.


Oscar Pintor did a series of photographs of trompe l’oeil or “fool the eye” paintings, drawn by the combination of photography, illusion, and ambiguity. In Santa Fe, Argentina, he found this mural showing J. Seward Johnson’s monumentally scaled sculpture in San Diego, which itself was based on a photograph of a sailor kissing a nurse to celebrate the Japanese surrender that ended World War II.

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