Morven Museum & Garden presents Masters of Illusion: The Legacy of John F. Peto November 15, 2018 through May 12, 2019

Opening Reception set for Wednesday, November 14, 2018 at 6:00 p.m.
By: Morven Museum & Garden
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The Marked Passage. John Frederick Peto (1854–1907).
The Marked Passage. John Frederick Peto (1854–1907).
PRINCETON, N.J. - Oct. 22, 2018 - PRLog -- Morven Museum & Garden, in partnership with the John F. Peto Studio Museum of Island Heights, NJ, presents a new look at trompe l'oeil art in New Jersey through its latest exhibition, Masters of Illusion: The Legacy of John F. Peto, opening November 14, 2018 at 6:00 p.m.  Trompe l'oeil, pronounced "tromp loi," is a French phrase meaning "to deceive the eye," which is used to describe paintings that create the illusion of a three dimensional scene.

"This is a beautiful show demonstrating the ways in which New Jersey artists operate in an international art movement," Morven Executive Director Jill Barry shared recently.

John Frederick Peto is recognized as one of America's most accomplished trompe l'oeil artists.  In addition to Peto's paintings, Morven's exhibition features Peto's photography done in and around Island Heights, as well as a gallery  dedicated to contemporary artists featured in Peto Museum's Tri-State Invitational Exhibition.

Two final galleries represent the work of New Jersey's most well-known contemporary trompe l'oeil artist, Gary Erbe.   A portion of Gary Erbe: 50 Year Retrospective is featured.

Masters of Illusion will be on view November 15, 2018 through May 12, 2019.

Morven Museum & Garden, 55 Stockton Street, Princeton, NJ,  is open Wednesday through Sunday from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.  For additional information and associated programming visit



The John F. Peto Museum is housed in the 19th century home and studio he built in Island Heights, NJ.  In addition to preserving Peto's history, the museum has become the place to view the work of contemporary trompe l'oeil artists.


For more than 200 years Morven has played a role in the history of New Jersey and the nation. Originally part of a 5,500-acre tract purchased from William Penn in 1701 by the Stockton family, it is  the home of Richard Stockton, a Signer of the Declaration of Independence. As well as serving as a Stockton homestead for several generations into the 20th century, Morven was home to the families of Robert Wood "The General" Johnson Jr., and eventually five New Jersey governors, three generations of enslaved families, respective domestic workers, and staff.

Image: The Marked Passage. John Frederick Peto (1854–1907). Oil on academy board. Image courtesy of the Princeton University Art Museum. Gift of Mrs. Alfred H. Barr, Jr. (y1985-39)

Debra Lampert-Rudman
Curator of Education & Public Programs
Morven Museum & Garden
6099248144 ext 106


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