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Still-life with Violin, 1886. William Harnett (1848-1892). Oil on canvas, 20 x 24 in. New Britain Museum of American Art.

Still-life is actually an effective trompe l'oeil subject - it is very easy to make it seem as though a bowl of fruit is within reach. In this case, the newspaper in the painting makes it stand out as a possible reality.

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Taken on September 13, 2010