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Mastering trompe l'oeil

"A New Lease," by Benjamin Blais

Benjamin Blais, a first-year medical student at the Geisel School of Medicine, is fascinated with the art of illusion, especially as seen in M.C. Escher's woodcuts of fantastical constructions of stairways leading nowhere, large books on the sides of buildings, and warped perspectives. In his drawing "A New Lease" Blais was inspired both by Escher and by contemporary trompe l'oeil painter Anthony Waichulis. This drawing was featured in the Art of Medicine section of the Spring 2012 issue of Dartmouth Medicine. Below, read the extended statement from Blais about the piece and an interview with him about combining his medical education with his love of art.

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