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Art History on Realism

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Kaytlyn Roush

on 6 May 2010

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Transcript of Art History on Realism

What is realism? a movement that developed in France
around midcentury against the backdrop of
an increasing emphasis on science. empiricism the search for knowledge
based on observation and
direct experience.
positivist promoted science as the
minds highest achievement
and advocated a purely
empiracle approach to
nature and society. Realists argued
that only things
visible in their time
are "real." Focused attention on
experiences and sights
of everyday contemporary life. Disapproved of historical or fictional subjects on the
grounds that they were neither real and visible nor of the present. Gustave Courbet leading figure of the realist movement in 19th century portrayed objects and images that in recent
centuries artists deemed as unworthy of depiction --
the mundane and trivial, working-class laborers, peasants
and so forth. Most famous statment: "I have never seen an angel.
Show me an angel, and I'll paint one. In place of the heroic, the sublime,
and the dramatic, Courbet aggressively
presents the viewer with the mundane
realities of daily life and death.
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