Realism (Art Movement)

By Jasmine Simmons

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What is Realism?

Realism art is  a different approach to art. It portrays art in its realist form.  It is not idealistic or fictional. It is very straightforward.

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Major Artists

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This is Honore  Daumier. He was a French caricaturist, painter, sculptor known for his satire of 19th-Century  politics and society in France.

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This is Ilya Repin. He was a Russian painter and sculptor who dedicated much of his works to Ukraine, his native country. He expressed psychological and social tensions in the USSR.

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This is David Wilkie. He was a Scottish artist recognized more in British culture.

Major Artworks

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Realism focuses on "ordinary life" and the "real" in life. It often seen as figure drawings or paintings.

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Historical Events

Realism was triggered by social change. It began in the 18th century as a reaction to Romanticism and Neoclassicism. It was led by Gustave Courbet.

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