These are not gifs or videos. So why do they look like they’re moving..??
On a related note, great artists are able to create illusions of reality (and unreality!) using all types of media, such as paint, clay, metal, pixels, or pencils.
Whether it’s the hyper-realism of someone like Paul Cadden (that’s a drawing!)
… a surrealist painter like Emmy Bridgwater,
…or an impressionist like Monet, artists look to interpret and recreate reality through their work. You could say they were creating a type of optical illusion.
Want to see more? Come check out how some of the masters created their work in a new book, An Eye for Art, by the National Gallery of Art.