Every time we look at a painting by Julia Jansen, we can observe ourselves as ‘seeing’, but perhaps equally as ‘deceived’. The latest works of the 2022 series of “Tropics & Figures” already refer in the title to something not clearly defined. With the tropics is meant here more than a climatic zone, because at most the backgrounds refer to it. What is meant here is the tropus (also the trope, plural tropes), which in rhetoric is an umbrella term for certain classes of rhetorical figures, i.e. stylistic devices. Thus, the figures shown are allegories, such as “the noble lie,” “the fact,” “the compromise,” etc.