Realism in the visual arts is a style that depicts the actuality of what the eyes can see. The term is used in different senses in art history; it may mean the same as illusionism, the representation of subjects with visual mimesis or verisimilitude, or may mean an emphasis on the actuality of subjects, depicting them without idealization, and not omitting their sordid aspects. Works may be realist in either of these senses, or both. Use of the two senses can be confusing, but depending on context the second sense is perhaps more common.

Realism as a tendency in 19th century art was related to similar movements in the theatre, literature and opera. All emphasized the depiction of everyday subjects, but by no means always discarding classical, Romantic or sentimental approaches to their treatment. The movement began in the 1850s in France. One of Gustave Courbet's most important works is A Burial at Ornans, 1849-1850, a canvas recording an event which he witnessed in September 1848. Courbet's painting of the funeral of his grand uncle became the first grand statement of the Realist style.

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Horses by a Stable Door - John Frederick Herring Snr - www.realism-in-art.org
Horses by a Stable Door
John Frederick Herring Snr
Mountebank, 1844 - Robert Turner - www.realism-in-art.org
Mountebank, 1844
Robert Turner
Landscape with a Burning City - Jean-Francois Millet - www.realism-in-art.org
Landscape with a Burning City
Jean-Francois Millet
The Hay Trussers, 1850-51 - Jean-Francois Millet - www.realism-in-art.org
The Hay Trussers, 1850-51
Jean-Francois Millet
Woman with a Parrot - Gustave Courbet - www.realism-in-art.org
Woman with a Parrot
Gustave Courbet
Female Slaves Presented to Octavian 1883 - Remy Cogghe - www.realism-in-art.org
Female Slaves Presented to Octavian 1883
Remy Cogghe
Barney, leave the girls alone, 1850 - John Frederick Herring Snr - www.realism-in-art.org
Barney, leave the girls alone, 1850
John Frederick Herring Snr
Lev Tolstoy, 1882 - Nikolai Nikolaevich Ge (Gay) - www.realism-in-art.org
Lev Tolstoy, 1882
Nikolai Nikolaevich Ge (Gay)
The Gleaners, 1857 - Jean-Francois Millet - www.realism-in-art.org
The Gleaners, 1857
Jean-Francois Millet
Battle of the Wilderness, Attack at Spotsylvania Court... - Alonzo Chappel - www.realism-in-art.org
Battle of the Wilderness, Attack at Spotsylvania Court...
Alonzo Chappel
Inauguration of Robert Burns as Poet Laureate of the... - William Stewart Watson - www.realism-in-art.org
Inauguration of Robert Burns as Poet Laureate of the...
William Stewart Watson
A Lancer of Napoleon's Polish Guards on Winter Patrol - Jan van Chelminski - www.realism-in-art.org
A Lancer of Napoleon's Polish Guards on Winter Patrol
Jan van Chelminski

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