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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Lytton Strachey, (1880-1932) 1916 - Dora Carrington - www.realism-in-art.org
Lytton Strachey, (1880-1932) 1916
Dora Carrington
Love Conquers - Jean-Francois Millet - www.realism-in-art.org
Love Conquers
Jean-Francois Millet
Adam 1894 - Karoly Ferenczy - www.realism-in-art.org
Adam 1894
Karoly Ferenczy
Nude - Karoly Ferenczy - www.realism-in-art.org
Nude
Karoly Ferenczy
The Bather - Jean-Francois Millet - www.realism-in-art.org
The Bather
Jean-Francois Millet
Beach At Trouville - Constant Troyon - www.realism-in-art.org
Beach At Trouville
Constant Troyon
Bay Hunters outside a Farmhouse - John Frederick Herring Snr - www.realism-in-art.org
Bay Hunters outside a Farmhouse
John Frederick Herring Snr
Children Playing on the Beach - Hector Caffieri - www.realism-in-art.org
Children Playing on the Beach
Hector Caffieri
Churning Butter, 1866-68 - Jean-Francois Millet - www.realism-in-art.org
Churning Butter, 1866-68
Jean-Francois Millet
A spilled bag of cherries - Antoine Vollon - www.realism-in-art.org
A spilled bag of cherries
Antoine Vollon
'Amato', the Winner of the Derby Stakes at Epsom, 1838 - John Frederick Herring Snr - www.realism-in-art.org
'Amato', the Winner of the Derby Stakes at Epsom, 1838
John Frederick Herring Snr
Femme Etandant Sonligne - Jean-Francois Millet - www.realism-in-art.org
Femme Etandant Sonligne
Jean-Francois Millet

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