Some artists are so good that painting become a “fool
the eye game,” trompe
l'oeil. Artists like John Haberle and W. M.
Harnett liked to fool the Treasury Department who
actually arrested Haberle in 1886 for counterfeiting.
they arrested him one story goes, until he stopped
laughing ... his arrest “... only seemed to have goaded
him to produce more and better pictorial taunts.”
Haberle was so good at what he did
that he fooled some of the best art critics. The
“Inter-Ocean” declared one of Hablerle’s paintings to be
a fraud: “There is a fraud hanging on the Institute
walls concerning which it is not pleasant to speak.... a
$1 bill and the fragments of a $10 note have been pasted
on canvas.... ” cont