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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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Realism

by Phillip Martin


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Realism

What can that possibly mean?


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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.


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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.


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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


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Examples of Realism can be found throughout art history. Greek sculptures carved lifelike replicas of their models, like this old peasant woman.


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Painters in the 17th century like Caravaggio brought a new realism to their work, instead of painting idealized figures.

The Calling of Saint Matthew

by Michelangelo Caravaggio


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Painters in the 17th century like Caravaggio brought a new realism to their work, instead of painting idealized figures.

Other examples of Realism artists include the Spanish artist DiegoVelázquez . . .

The Maids of Honor

by Diego Velázquez


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. . . and Dutch painters like Rembrandt.

The Night Watch

by Rembrandt van Rijn


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However, Gustave Courbet is credited with leading the RealismMovement in 19th century France, as well as coining the name.

Instead of showing an idealized version of life, as was expected, he depicted life as it really was.

Gustave Courbet


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However, Gustave Courbet is credited with leading the Realism Movement in 19th century France, as well as coining the name.

Instead of showing life better than it was, as was expected, he depicted life as it really was.

Art critics and the art viewing public did not like this change, but Courbet cared about social issues like poverty.

The Sleeping Spinner

by Gustave Courbet


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Some other Realists include French Artist Jean-François Millet,

The Gleaners

by Jean-François Millet


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Some other Realists include French Artist Jean-François Millet,

The Gleaners

by Jean-François Millet


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. . . and American artist Edward Hopper.

Nighthawks by Edward Hopper


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. . . and American artist Edward Hopper.

Nighthawks by Edward Hopper


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Now you know about Realism in art. If you want to know more, you can always

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research Cubism,Surrealism, Expressionism, Constructivism,Fauvism,Pointillism, Dadaism,Impressionism,Mannerism, Modernism, Post-Modernism,Neo-Expressionism, and Romanticism. . .for starters.


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Movements

Impressionism

Cubism

Pointillism

Realism

Surrealism

More isms


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