Realism

Vanitas Still Life - Fine Art Gallery
Claire Reading by the Window

Vanitas Still Life - Frank Arcuri - Oil on Canvas 18” X 16” 1997 - Contact us for Price

Claire Reading by the Window - Ken Hamilton - Oil on Board - 14" X 11" - Contact for Price

Realism in the visual arts is the general attempt to depict subjects as they are considered to exist in third person objective reality, without embellishment or interpretation and without injecting any of the artists opinions or insights to alter or accentuate the empirical reality.  As such, Realism inherently suggests a belief that such reality exists independent of man’s unique interpretation and therefore can be known to the artist, who can in turn represent this ‘reality’ faithfully. Whistler’s Mother and the Mona Lisa are probably the two most famous examples of realistic paintings.

 

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