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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Lighting the Fire - Jan Weiland - www.realism-in-art.org
Lighting the Fire
Jan Weiland
Punishment of a Witch 1911 - Martin van Maele - www.realism-in-art.org
Punishment of a Witch 1911
Martin van Maele
Farm Animals in a Landscape - John Frederick Herring, Jnr. - www.realism-in-art.org
Farm Animals in a Landscape
John Frederick Herring, Jnr.
A Shaman, sketch for Yermak Conquers Siberia, 1893 - Vasilij Ivanovic Surikov - www.realism-in-art.org
A Shaman, sketch for Yermak Conquers Siberia, 1893
Vasilij Ivanovic Surikov
Huck and Tom ran for their lives', illustration from... - Geoffrey Whittam - www.realism-in-art.org
Huck and Tom ran for their lives', illustration from...
Geoffrey Whittam
The Crucifixion, or Golgotha, 1893 - Nikolai Nikolaevich Ge (Gay) - www.realism-in-art.org
The Crucifixion, or Golgotha, 1893
Nikolai Nikolaevich Ge (Gay)
Bathers - Aleksei Gavrilovich Venetsianov - www.realism-in-art.org
Bathers
Aleksei Gavrilovich Venetsianov
The Sower, 1847-48 - Jean-Francois Millet - www.realism-in-art.org
The Sower, 1847-48
Jean-Francois Millet
Fallen Monarchs (1886) - William Bliss Baker - www.realism-in-art.org
Fallen Monarchs (1886)
William Bliss Baker
Gypsy Blood - Edward Clifford - www.realism-in-art.org
Gypsy Blood
Edward Clifford
Female Figure Standing, 1913 - Dora Carrington - www.realism-in-art.org
Female Figure Standing, 1913
Dora Carrington
The Shooting Stars - Jean-Francois Millet - www.realism-in-art.org
The Shooting Stars
Jean-Francois Millet

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