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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Fish - Antoine Vollon - www.realism-in-art.org
Fish
Antoine Vollon
Battle of Bunker's Hill, 17th June 1775 - Alonzo Chappel - www.realism-in-art.org
Battle of Bunker's Hill, 17th June 1775
Alonzo Chappel
Tom seized Becky's hand and hurried into the cave'... - Geoffrey Whittam - www.realism-in-art.org
Tom seized Becky's hand and hurried into the cave'...
Geoffrey Whittam
Battle - Bela Ivanyi Grunwald - www.realism-in-art.org
Battle
Bela Ivanyi Grunwald
The Sheepfold, Moonlight, 1856-60 - Jean-Francois Millet - www.realism-in-art.org
The Sheepfold, Moonlight, 1856-60
Jean-Francois Millet
Woman With A Rake - Jean-Francois Millet - www.realism-in-art.org
Woman With A Rake
Jean-Francois Millet
Demon 1878 - Mihaly von Zichy - www.realism-in-art.org
Demon 1878
Mihaly von Zichy
Arcas and Callisto - Jean-Francois Millet - www.realism-in-art.org
Arcas and Callisto
Jean-Francois Millet
Huck and Tom unearthing Injun Joe's treasure', illustration... - Geoffrey Whittam - www.realism-in-art.org
Huck and Tom unearthing Injun Joe's treasure', illustration...
Geoffrey Whittam
Sleeping Woman 1912 - Karoly Ferenczy - www.realism-in-art.org
Sleeping Woman 1912
Karoly Ferenczy
Love Conquers - Jean-Francois Millet - www.realism-in-art.org
Love Conquers
Jean-Francois Millet
Lytton Strachey, (1880-1932) 1916 - Dora Carrington - www.realism-in-art.org
Lytton Strachey, (1880-1932) 1916
Dora Carrington

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