Top Ten Realist Paintings

Top Ten Realist Paintings

Anders Zorn

       Realism in the arts may be generally defined as the attempt to represent subject matter truthfully without artificiality and avoiding artistic conventions, implausible, exotic and supernatural elements. In its most specific sense, Realism was an artistic movement that began in France in the 1850’s, after the 1848 Revolution. Realists rejected Romanticism, which had dominated French literature and art since the late 18th century. Realism revolted against the exotic subject matter and exaggerated emotionalism and drama of the Romantic movement. Instead it sought to portray real and typical contemporary people and situations with truth and accuracy, and not avoiding unpleasant or sordid aspects of life. Realist works depicted people of all classes in situations that arise in ordinary life, and often reflected the changes wrought by the Industrial and Commercial Revolutions. The popularity of such ‘realistic’ works grew with the introduction of photography — a new visual source that created a desire for people to produce representations which look “objectively real.” More generally, realist works of art are those that, in revealing a truth, may emphasize the ugly or sordid, such as works of social realism, regionalism, or Kitchen sink realism. The movement even managed to impact on opera, where it is called Verismo, with contemporary working-class heroines such as Carmen, who works in a cigarette factory, and Mimi in La bohème.

  1. In Werner’s Rowing Boat (1917) by Anders Zorn

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  2. On a Bridge in Abramtsevo (1879) by Ilya Repin

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  3. Blue Dancers (1890) by Edgar Degas

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  4. Nude with Calla Lilies (1944) by Diego Rivera

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  5. Four Dancers (1899) by Edgar Degas

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  6. The Fugitives (1868) by Honoré Daumier

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  7. The Source (1869) by Gustave Courbet

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  8. The Carry (2003) by Andrew Wyeth

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  9. That Gentleman (1960) by Andrew Wyeth

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  10. Spring (1864) by Frederick Walker

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  11. A Lady Reading a Newspaper (1886) by Carl Larsson

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  12. Nighthawks (1942) by Edward Hopper

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  13. The Harbour by Night by Eugène Verboeckhoven

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  14. New York Movie (1939) by Edward Hopper

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  15. Dempsey and Firpo (1924) by George Bellows

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  16. Between Rounds (1899) by Thomas Eakins

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  17. The Chess Players (1876) by Thomas Eakins

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  18. The Grand Canal in Venice (1874) by Édouard Manet

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  19. The Horse Fair (1855) by Rosa Bonheur

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  20. An Atelier in the Batignolles (1870) by Henri Fantin-Latour

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