Trompe L’oeil Master John Haberle on View at the Portland Museum of Art

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PORTLAND, ME.- John Haberle (1856–1933) is considered one of the most accomplished American trompe l’oeil painters. John Haberle: Master of Illusion, on view September 18 through December 12, 2010, at the Portland Museum of Art, features 20 paintings from museums and private collections around the country. Organized by the New Britain Museum of American Art, New Britain, Connecticut and featuring major paintings from the Portland Museum of Art, Master of Illusion is a compelling look at this fascinating chapter in the history of American art. John Haberle combined masterful technique with sly, witty historical and personal references to American life in his paintings. Alluding to the moral and political issues of the time, Haberle’s trompe l’oeil (meaning to “fool the eye”) paintings juxtapose newspaper clippings, tickets, and money with objects such as a pocket watch, playing cards, and ros