Realism

Realism is the precise, detailed and accurate representation in art of the visual appearance of scenes and objects i.e., it is drawn in photographic precision. … However such “realism” is often used to depict,

 For example, “angels with wings”, which were not things the artists had ever seen in real life.

It’s also an artistic movement that emerged in France in the 1840s, around the 1848 Revolution. Realists rejected Romanticism, which had dominated French literature and art since the early 19th century.  Realism is sometimes called naturalism, in the arts is generally the attempt to represent subject matter truthfully, without artificiality and avoiding artistic conventions, or implausible, exotic, and supernatural elements. (Movement) things that look real that are on paper or a computer.  Gustave Courbet is known as the main proponent of Realism and his paintings challenged convention by depicting un-idealized peasants and workers, often on a grand scale traditionally reserved for paintings of religious or historical subjects.

            Realism sets itself at work to consider characters and events which are apparently the most ordinary and uninteresting, in order to extract from these their full value and true meaning. It would apprehend in all particulars the connection between the familiar and the extraordinary, and the seen and unseen of human nature. Beneath the deceptive cloak of outwardly uneventful days, it detects and endeavors to trace the outlines of the spirits that are hidden there; the measure the changes in their growth, to watch the symptoms of moral decay or regeneration, to fathom their histories of passionate or intellectual problems. In short, realism reveals.

            Although strictly speaking, realism is a technique, it also denotes a particular kind of subject matter, especially the representation of middle-class life. A reaction against romanticism, an interest in scientific method, the systematizing of the study of documentary history, and the influence of rational philosophy all affected the rise of realism.

            “Realism is nothing more and nothing less than the truthful treatment of material.” –William Dean Howells

Also Realism was a movement of encompassed with the entire country but more at least within the Midwest and south areas.  It was mainly brought up in France and part of New England which this type of Art spread across the areas among them

There are many types of realism Art styles such as

  • Classical realism
  • Liberal realism
  • Realist constructivism
  • Left realism
  • Democratic peace
  • Hegemonic peace

My Realism Art Piece

My Art is an example of Realism because I take realistic things and photo them together, For example one of my Art pieces is of a tree and lighting going across from it or in the middle, its show a realistic feeling behind of what’s going on with the piece, It represent pain/ tragedy and sometimes its sadness that comes across and it’s you just how the lighting comes across the tree.

A Tree that is struck by Red lighting, In most places people have never seen it before or experienced it just like the example of the “angel that has wings” no one has seen such a thing but artist still show that It could be real. That’s something I would like to do because it shows off a creative side of everything.

Sources/ References

the works listed in the realism  bibliography and the bibliographies on William Dean Howells.

Campbell., D. M. (2015). Realism in American Literature, 1860-1890.”. Literary Movements.