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Realism Artists

WhAT did the realism movement stand for?

Existing as a primarily French art movement, Realism emerged in the 1850s following the 1848 Revolution that occurred.  Sometimes referred to as “naturalism”, this artistic style focused on representing subject matter as precisely as possible.

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Focusing on contemporary subjects and settings, Realism artists attempted to depict people of all social classes in the same light, so that one group was not continuously favored over another.

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The most essential element of Realism was the complete avoidance of artificiality in every aspect of the artworks that were created.


Gustave Courbet  The Stone Breakers  (1849)


Rosa Bonheur Ploughing in the Nivernais (1849)


Gustave Courbet A Burial at Ornans  (1849 - 1850)


Rosa Bonheur The Horse Fair (1852 - 1855)


Gustave Courbet La rencontre (Bonjour Monsieur Courbet) (1854)


 Jean-François Millet The Gleaners  (1857)


 Jean-François Millet The Angelus (1857 - 1859)


Édouard Manet  The Old Musician (1862)


Honoré Daumier The Third-Class Carriage  (1862 - 1864)


Édouard Manet Olympia  (1863)


 Ilya Repin Barge Haulers on the Volga  (1870 - 1873)


James McNeill Whistler Whistler’s Mother ­ (1871)


Thomas Eakins The Gross Clinic  (1875)


Edward Hopper Nighthawks  (1942)