Realism. by Phillip Martin. Realism. What can that possibly mean?. Realism. An “ ism ” is a suffix at the end of many English words. It comes from Greek “ ismos ” and Latin “ ismus ”. You have seen it at the end of words like optim ism , Buddh ism , rac ism , favorit ism , and terror ism.
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by Phillip Martin
What can that possibly mean?
An “ism” is a suffix at the end of many English words. It comes from Greek “ismos” and Latin “ismus”.
You have seen it at the end of words like optimism, Buddhism, racism, favoritism, and terrorism.
It signifies a belief, practice, idea, or movement. In art, there are many movements that end in ism.
One of the most important ISMs is Realism.
Realism is a style of art that depicts what the eye can see. It tries to capture every day people doing every day ordinary things.
Artist have tried to do this for a long time.
The Old Violin by William Harnett
Painters in the 17th century like Caravaggio brought a new realism to their work, instead of painting idealized figures.
The best example of Realism is the Spanish artist DiegoVelázquez
And his masterpiece
The Maids of Honor
by Diego Velázquez
Now you know about Realism in art. If you want to know more, you can always
research Cubism,Surrealism, Expressionism, Constructivism,Fauvism,Pointillism, Dadaism,Impressionism,Mannerism, Modernism, Post-Modernism,Neo-Expressionism, and Romanticism. . .for starters.