Three trompe l’oeil paintings to see in Lyon, France.

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There are so many trompe l’oeil paintings in Lyon.

Most of them are described in French as Fresque, which actually means mural or fresco.

It is estimated that there are more than 100 trompe l’oeil paintings in Lyon, both in the city and in the suburbs.

Of course, it is impossible to visit them all, so I will introduce three trompe l’oeil paintings that you must see when you come to Lyon.

For more information on how to get there and recommended routes around the trompe l’oeil, please click here.

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Fresque des Lyonnais

La Fresque des Lyonnais

Address:2 Rue de la Martinière, 69001 Lyon, France

Standing on the banks of the Saône River, this trompe l’oeil painting is one of Lyon’s most famous.

Even if you have limited time for sightseeing, manage to stop here at least once.

The location, on the Saône River, makes it easy to integrate into the tourist route.

Exterior view of La Fresque des Lyonnais

The walls are painted with 30 of Lyon’s most famous people.

This work was inspired by the “Fresque des balcons de Barcelone” painted in Barcelona, Spain, in 1992, when the then Mayor of Lyon asked an artists’ co-operative to create a similar work for the city of Lyon.

Trompe l'oeil painted on the corner of a building.

Of course, non-celebrities are also depicted, and at a quick glance, they look quite close to the real thing.

Trompe l'oeil of the ground floor shop.

The ground floor is also very well drawn and feels quite realistic.

Lots of people are depicted in the trompe l'oeil.

From a distance it looks like people are walking.

It depicts Mr Paul Bocuse, a Lyon celebrity.

It depicts Mr Paul Bocuse, a Lyon celebrity.

It depicts painter painting.

It is also subtly depicted on the back of the building.

It makes it more realistic.

30 people painted on the wall

Famous people depicted in the Fresque des Lyonnais, a list of 30 people.

Most of them were born in Lyon.

Viewing them in person and comparing them with each other on site doubles the enjoyment.

30 celebrities from Fresque des Lyonnais

Check with the number on the photograph and the number on the table.

FrescoNumber & Person
Saint-Irenee

1 Saint Irénée

Bishop of Lyon, circa II. Early French Christian saint.

Sainte-Blandine

2 Sainte Blandine

He is the patron saint of Lyon.

Louise-Labe

3 Louise Labé (1525-1566)

Poet active in Lyon during the Renaissance.
He appears to have been quite wealthy.
Maurice-Sceve

4 Maurice Scève (1500-1564)

Poet active in Lyon during the Renaissance.
Published in 1544, Délie is his best-known work.
Juliette-Recamier

5 Juliette Récamier (1777-1849)

A woman who was at the centre of the French literary, artistic and political salon in the 19th century.
One of the most beautiful women in the history of the world.
Claude-Bourgelat

6 Claude Bourgelat (1712-1779)

He is considered the founder of veterinary medicine.

Pauline-Marie

7 Pauline Jaricot(1799-1862)8 Claudine Thévenet(1774-1837)

Two people who have made significant contributions to Christianity.

empereur-romain

9 Claude (empereur romain) (BC10-AD54)

Fourth emperor of the Roman Empire. Born in Lyon.
Major-General

10 Claude Martin (1735-1800)

He was an adventurer and an officer in the East India Company.
He was the founder of three schools in Calcutta, Lucknow and Lyon.
Jean-Baptiste-Say

11 Jean-Baptiste Say (1767-1832)

French economist and businessman. Famous for creating ‘Say’s Law’.
Andre-Marie-Ampere

12 André-Marie Ampère (1775-1836)

French physicist. Discovered Ampere’s law.
Laurent-Mourguet

13 Laurent Mourguet (1769-1844)

Puppeteer. Creator of the Guignol.
Antoine-de-Saint-Exupery

14 Antoine de Saint-Exupéry(1900-1944)

Author and pilot. ‘The Prince of the Stars’ is so well-known that they are drawn together.
Pierre-Puvis-de-Chavannes

15 Pierre Puvis de Chavannes (1824-1898)

Painter. Influenced many painters, including Picasso.
Giovanni-da-Verrazzano

16 Giovanni da Verrazzano(1485-1528)

Adventurer. Said to be the first European to explore the Atlantic coast of the USA and Canada.
Antoine-de-Jussieu

17 Antoine de Jussieu(1748-1836)

Botanist. His book on plant classification, ‘Genera of Plants’, has had a profound influence on current plant classification.
Marcel-Merieux

18 Famille Mérieux

French entrepreneurial family.
Claude-Bernard

19 Claude Bernard(1813-1878)

French physiologist.

Edouard-Herriot

20 Édouard Herriot(1872-1957)

politician

21 Tony Garnier(1869-1948)

Urban planner and architect.

Auguste-et-Louis-Lumiere

22 Auguste et Louis Lumière

Lumière brothers. Considered the fathers of cinema, inventors of cinema.
Joseph-Marie-Jacquard

23 Joseph Marie Jacquard (1752-1834)

Inventor. Developed the Jacquard loom.

24 Philippe de la Salle (1723-1804)

Designer. Famous for producing silk textiles.
Bernard-Pivot

25 Bernard Pivot (1935- )

Journalist and TV show host.

Abbe-Pierre

26 Abbé Pierre (1912-2007)

Catholic priest. Helped many less fortunate people.

27 Bernard Lacombe (1952- )

Footballer. Scored 255 goals in Ligue 1.
Paul-Bocuse

28 Paul Bocuse (1926-2018)

Owner-chef of a three-star restaurant.

29 Frédéric Dard (1921-2000)

Crime writer.

Bertrand-T

30 Bertrand Tavernier (1941- )

Film director.

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Fresque La bibliothèque de la cité

Exterior view of Fresque La bibliothèque de la cité

Address :6 Rue de la Platière, 69001 Lyon,France

Produced in 1998.

It is quoted and extracted from nearly 500 books.

Exterior view of Fresque La bibliothèque de la cité

Trompe l’oeil paintings are painted all the way to the top floor of the building.

It is located on the corner of rue Pêcheri and rue Platiere, so it was surprisingly difficult to find the best vantage point when trying to take a picture of the whole area.

Trompe l'oeil on the ground floor.

The ground floor is very realistically painted.

Trompe l'oeil of a café.

It is a trompe l’oeil picture that is fun to look at.

 Le mur des canuts

Exterior view of Le mur des canuts

Address:36 Boulevard des Canuts, 69004 Lyon, France

Produced in 1987.

The trompe l’oeil has been frequently rewritten.

Exterior view of Le mur des canuts

The painting depicts the Canuts area, where many workers worked in the 19th century, as is typical of Lyon, which developed as a silk weaving town.

Exterior view of Le mur des canuts

There is a lot to see, especially the central staircase, which seems to have a real depth to it.

The staircase depicted in the centre of the building is enlarged.

The people depicted are very lively.

The staircase depicted in the centre of the building is enlarged.

Even the back of the staircase is realistically depicted.

Trompe l'oeil bank painted on the corner of the building.

It looks like there really is a bank on the corner of the building

Exterior view of Le mur des canuts

Le mur des canuts is very impressive, but there is one problem.

It is the place.

Unfortunately, in order to see the sights, you have to take the C line at Hôtel de Ville, the metro in the centre, to the station called Henon.

It is a short walk from the station, but may take between 30 minutes and an hour depending on the C line connection.

Plan your sightseeing route well in advance.

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Summary

We have introduced three of the most representative trompe l’oeil paintings in Lyon.

All three of these have their own characteristics and different atmospheres and can be very enjoyable.

Fresque des Lyonnais and Fresque La bibliothèque de la cité are also within walking distance.


It is recommended to see the two together, as they are easily reached by walking along the Saône River.

Only Le mur des canuts is a little further away, so see how well you can combine it with your own tourist route.

Thank you again for reading to the end of this issue.

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