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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Bedtime - H. Craig - www.realism-in-art.org
Bedtime
H. Craig
Lord, Thy Will Be Done, 1855 - Philip Hermogenes Calderon - www.realism-in-art.org
Lord, Thy Will Be Done, 1855
Philip Hermogenes Calderon
'Beeswing', a bay racehorse in a loosebox - John Frederick Herring Snr - www.realism-in-art.org
'Beeswing', a bay racehorse in a loosebox
John Frederick Herring Snr
First meeting of George Washington and Alexander Hamilton... - Alonzo Chappel - www.realism-in-art.org
First meeting of George Washington and Alexander Hamilton...
Alonzo Chappel
'Emilius', a bay racehorse in a paddock - John Frederick Herring Snr - www.realism-in-art.org
'Emilius', a bay racehorse in a paddock
John Frederick Herring Snr
The Chess Players - Ture Nikolaus Cederstrom - www.realism-in-art.org
The Chess Players
Ture Nikolaus Cederstrom
An Escort of the 4th French Hussars - Jan van Chelminski - www.realism-in-art.org
An Escort of the 4th French Hussars
Jan van Chelminski
'Jonathan Wild', a Dark Bay Race Horse, at Goodwood... - John Frederick Herring Snr - www.realism-in-art.org
'Jonathan Wild', a Dark Bay Race Horse, at Goodwood...
John Frederick Herring Snr
Battle of Cerro Gordo, April 1847 - Alonzo Chappel - www.realism-in-art.org
Battle of Cerro Gordo, April 1847
Alonzo Chappel
Louise Millet, c.1863 - Jean-Francois Millet - www.realism-in-art.org
Louise Millet, c.1863
Jean-Francois Millet
Bird Song - Karoly Ferenczy - www.realism-in-art.org
Bird Song
Karoly Ferenczy
George Washington at the Battle of Princeton, January... - Alonzo Chappel - www.realism-in-art.org
George Washington at the Battle of Princeton, January...
Alonzo Chappel

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