One Painting, Two Different Scenes: 15 Optical Illusions Where Reality And Imagination Come Together.

Surrealism is an artistic and literary movement that was born in the 20s of the last century, if we speak art, its greatest representatives are certainly Magritte, Dalí, and Max Ernst. What do these artists have in common? They have created works that force viewers to look beyond, and not just what the eye initially sees. Robert Gonsalves is a contemporary artist who embraces surrealism and whose paintings force one to look beyond, carefully observe images and seek a reality that is not immediately visible. In his works, reality and imagination merge, and a single painting contains at least two different scenes. The end result is a magical and almost exotic atmosphere: the clouds are also boats, the beds are also carpets of snow, the rooms become a forest. Before telling you the story of this artist, let us show you 15 paintings and their extraordinary illusions.

#1. A unique house.

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On the left it looks like it was built on a tree, on the right, no. A painting with two harmonious scenes.

#2. The trees merge with the sky.

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#3. The sky and the sea.

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Are they swimming underwater or in the sky? This is the magic of painting.

#4. Looks like clouds.

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Then it appears that the clouds are also the sails of the boat and that the boats form an imposing structure.

#5. Looks like the sky.

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But maybe it is also the earth?

#6. A layer of snow covering the streets.

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But also a bed to sleep in.

#7. Look at the boats.

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Are they in the water or above the canopy of trees?

#8. A library.

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Or maybe a city from above?

#9. A path made of cobblestones and houses.

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#10. A labyrinth.

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#11. They fly.

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But they also jump on the bed.

#12. Looks like windows.

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But on the right, we begin to distinguish figures.

#13. Where do the bikes rest?

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#14. What if the sky was made of balloons?

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#15. The girls of the lake.

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Robert started painting when he was only 12 years old, with an interest in perspective, then he studied architecture and became interested in surrealist art, magical realism, and finally the illusions of perspective of Escher, elements that can be found in his scenes today. All are suspended between realism and magic: in many works, the main characters are children and the scenes seem to be a projection of the children’s imagination. Gonsalves himself speaks of “a childhood made of dreams and drawings”. What is your favorite work?

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