Realism is a style of painting that depicts the actuality of what the eyes can see. Realists render everyday characters, situations, dilemmas, and objects, all in verisimilitude. They tend to discard theatrical drama, lofty subjects and classical forms in favor of commonplace themes. Gustave Courbet, the painter who this room is named after, is credited with coining the term.
Realism refers to the mid-19th century cultural movement with its roots in France, where it was a very popular art form around the mid to late 1800s. It came about with the introduction of photography - a new visual source that created a desire for people to produce things that look “objectively real”. Realism was heavily against romanticism. Undistorted by personal bias, Realism believed in the ideology of objective reality and revolted against exaggerated emotionalism. Truth and accuracy became the goals of many Realists.
|Artwork||Creator||Origin and date||More information|
|240px||Gustave Courbet||French, 1866|| The sleep|
oil on canvas, 140 x 200 cm.
|Gustave Courbet||French, 1867|| Seacoast of Normandy|
oil on canvas, 105 x 128 cm.
|Gustave Courbet||French, 1865|| Lovian forest in midsummer|
oil on canvas, 94 x 135 cm.
|William Baker||American, 1886|| Fallen monarchs|
oil on canvas, 120 x 97 cm.
|William-Adolphe Bouguereau||French, 1867|| Little girl with bird|
oil on canvas, 108 x 87 cm.
|William-Adolphe Bouguereau||French, 1882|| The nut_gatherers|
oil on canvas, 95 x 118 cm.
|Jean-Baptiste Corot||French, 1855-1865|| The way to Sèvres|
oil on canvas, 34 x 49 cm.
|Thomas Cowperthwait Eakins||American, 1844-1916|| Portrait of Maud Cook|
oil on canvas, 102 x 123 cm.
|Michael Harnett||Irish, 1886|| The violin|
oil on canvas, 97 x 61 cm.
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Dimitri 15:50, 16 December 2007 (UTC)
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|Lovian Museum for Modern Art|
|Collection: Turner Hall (Romanticism) - Courbet Hall (Realism) - Monet Hall (Impressionism) - Brake Hall (Cubism) - Macke Hall (Expressionism) - Wesselman Hall (Pop Art) - Ernst Hall (Surrealism) - Landfield Hall (Color Field)|
|Exhibitions: Medvedev Hall (J.M.W. Turner) - Noble Hall (René Magritte) - Washington Hall (Henri Matisse)|
|Other Musea: Capitol Museum Group|