The History of Art And The Curious Lives of Famous Painters

100 Greatest Painters  Artists Alphabetically  Artists by Country  Artists by Century   Artists by Movement

Realism is school of painting that shuns idealization and theatrical romanticizing of events and the human form.  Different types of realism include - Classical Realism, Fantastic Realism, Heroic Realism, Photorealism. 

Example of 19th Century Realism Painting, The Gross Clinic, c.1875 by
Thomas Eakins

Key Descriptive Terms, Words, Phrases associated with Realist Painting - revolution, poverty, social realist,  figurative compositions, landscapes, seascapes, still-lifes, social issues, vulgar, rural bourgeoisie, peasants, Classical Realism, Fantastic Realism, Social Realism, Heroic Realism, Photorealism,  Realist,  narrative

Important Realist Painters

Honoré Daumier (1808 - 1879) French

John James Audubon (1785 -1851) American

George Bellows (1882 - 1925) American

George Catlin (1796-1872) American

George Caleb Bingham (1811-1879) American

John  Copley (1738-1815) American

Gustave Courbet (1819 - 1877) French

Jacques-Louis David, (1748-1825) French

Thomas Eakins (1844-1916) American

James Peale  (1749-1831) American

Remington (1866-1909) American


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"Beauty, like truth, is relative to the time when one lives and to the individual who can grasp it. The expression of beauty is in direct ratio to the power of conception the artist has acquired.” - Gustave Courbet quote