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Collection Museum of Fine Arts
Title Twenty Dollar Bill
Object ID MFA-39.10
Object Name Painting
Description John Haberle's "Twenty Dollar Bill" is a trompe l'oeil painting from 1890. The term "trompe l'oeil" literally means "fool the eye" and this piece certainly does that. The painting is so realistic that one angry critic accused Haberle of gluing a real bill to the canvas. Haberle later was also questioned by the Secret Service about a potential connection with a counterfeiting scheme. (He was absolved of any wrongdoing.)
Artist HABERLE, John
Country American
Date 1890
Medium Oil on canvas
Dimensions H-7.5 W-9.5 inches
Credit line Gift of Charles T. and Emilie Shean
On Exhibit Yes, Michele and Donald D'Amour Museum of Fine Arts