John Haberle’s work is recognized for its sense of composition, illusion, and humor. He was a master of trompe l’oeil (French for “fool the eye”) still-life painting. Born in New Haven, Connecticut, to German parents, Haberle was apprenticed to a printing firm at a young age. There he developed skills as a lithographer, printmaker, and illustrator. Haberle later committed himself to trompe l’oeil painting, capturing the American imagination as a leading practitioner.