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When most people think of art, they think of Realism. This art style was developed during the 19th century and was an important turning point in art history. Rather than depicting humans as mythological beings or adding supernatural or exotic themes to their work, Realists focused on the realistic depiction of everyday life with common people. The Realists concern with drawing things as accurately as possible from observation was a revolutionary idea at the time, particularly the idea of unembellished human bodies which were almost unheard of during the times of Romanticism.
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The Flower Seller Fine-Art Print
The Flower Seller
22" x 22"
 
Price: $174.99
Sale: $87.49
A Bar at the Folies-Bergere Fine-Art Print
A Bar at the Folies-Bergere
24" x 18"
+ Multiple Sizes
Price: $209.99
Sale: $104.99
Lily of the Valley Spa Fine-Art Print
Lily of the Valley Spa
10" x 10"
 
Price: $94.99
Sale: $47.49
White Flower Spa Fine-Art Print
White Flower Spa
10" x 10"
 
Price: $89.99
Sale: $44.99
Washington Crossing the Delaware by Emanuel Leutze Fine-Art Print
Washington Crossing the Delaware by Emanuel Leutze
 
22" x 12"
+ Multiple Sizes
Price: $167.99
Sale: $83.99
Freesia Spa Fine-Art Print
Freesia Spa
10" x 10"
 
Price: $89.99
Sale: $44.99
Washington Crossing the Delaware by Emanuel Leutze, MMA-NYC, 1851 Fine-Art Print
Washington Crossing the Delaware by Emanuel Leutze, MMA-NYC, 1851
 
22" x 12"
+ Multiple Sizes
Price: $167.99
Sale: $83.99
Chamomile Spa Fine-Art Print
Chamomile Spa
10" x 10"
 
Price: $89.99
Sale: $44.99
The Bulls and Bears in the Market Fine-Art Print
The Bulls and Bears in the Market
31" x 19"
+ Multiple Sizes
Price: $249.99
Sale: $124.99
The Flower Seller Fine-Art Print
The Flower Seller
20" x 20"
 
Price: $164.99
Sale: $82.49
At The Helm Fine-Art Print
At The Helm
16" x 12"
 
Price: $121.99
Sale: $60.99
Grandma and Me Fine-Art Print
Grandma and Me
12" x 16"
 
Price: $120.99
Sale: $60.49
Forever Faithful Fine-Art Print
Forever Faithful
16" x 12"
 
Price: $120.99
Sale: $60.49
Playing Around Fine-Art Print
Playing Around
12" x 12"
 
Price: $104.99
Sale: $52.49
Wise And Foolish Builders Fine-Art Print
Wise And Foolish Builders
16" x 12"
 
Price: $120.99
Sale: $60.49
Hatbox Tulips Fine-Art Print
Hatbox Tulips
12" x 12"
 
Price: $103.99
Sale: $51.99
Rejoice! Fine-Art Print
Rejoice!
30" x 21"
 
Price: $230.99
Sale: $115.49
Gentle Reader Fine-Art Print
Gentle Reader
36" x 24"
 
Price: $259.99
Sale: $129.99
Watching The Horizon Fine-Art Print
Watching The Horizon
20" x 16"
 
Price: $152.99
Sale: $76.49
The Peacemakers 1868 Fine-Art Print
The Peacemakers 1868
 
21" x 16"
+ Multiple Sizes
Price: $181.99
Sale: $90.99
The Flower Seller Fine-Art Print
The Flower Seller
8" x 11"
 
Price: $100.99
Sale: $50.49
Hatbox Freesia Fine-Art Print
Hatbox Freesia
12" x 12"
 
Price: $103.99
Sale: $51.99
The Virgin with Angels, 1900 Fine-Art Print
The Virgin with Angels, 1900
13" x 21"
+ Multiple Sizes
Price: $169.99
Sale: $84.99
White Geraniums Fine-Art Print
White Geraniums
33" x 21"
 
Price: $230.99
Sale: $115.49
Cellar Reds Fine-Art Print
Cellar Reds
33" x 21"
 
Price: $230.99
Sale: $115.49
Evening In Tuscany Fine-Art Print
Evening In Tuscany
20" x 16"
+ Multiple Sizes
Price: $175.99
Sale: $87.99
Hummingbirds and Trumpet Flowers Fine-Art Print
Hummingbirds and Trumpet Flowers
20" x 14"
+ Multiple Sizes
Price: $164.99
Sale: $82.49
Waiting for Spring Fine-Art Print
Waiting for Spring
12" x 12"
 
Price: $104.99
Sale: $52.49
Canyon Mustangs Fine-Art Print
Canyon Mustangs
16" x 12"
 
Price: $120.99
Sale: $60.49
Watching The Horizon Fine-Art Print
Watching The Horizon
14" x 11"
 
Price: $106.99
Sale: $53.49
Cardinal Fine-Art Print
Cardinal
8" x 10"
+ Multiple Sizes
Price: $84.99
Sale: $42.49
Woodland Splendor Fine-Art Print
Woodland Splendor
20" x 16"
 
Price: $147.99
Sale: $73.99
Portrait of George Washington Fine-Art Print
Portrait of George Washington
 
16" x 19"
+ Multiple Sizes
Price: $173.99
Sale: $86.99
Hampton Beach Fine-Art Print
Hampton Beach
30" x 20"
 
Price: $229.99
Sale: $114.99
Peasants Fine-Art Print
Peasants
7" x 5"
 
Price: $62.99
Sale: $31.49
Olio Italia Fine-Art Print
Olio Italia
17" x 21"
+ Multiple Sizes
Price: $184.99
Sale: $92.49
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Although several of these artists took from the techniques of past artists, these realism framed paintings were one of the first truly representational styles that were treated as a style of its own, without the stylization and 'high art' mentality of the time period. Artists like Manet and Courbet spearheaded this revolutionary artistic style with their highly different works.

Gustave Courbet was the first self-styled Realist, whose work didn't have the ornate decisiveness of traditional 'realistic detail' but focused on the accurate depictions in his work to speak for him. His most famous painting, 'The Burial at Ornans' was highly unique in that models weren't used to 'act out' the event. Instead, he drew from his observation of the actual event and depicted the actual people who were gathered to mourn the deceased.

Edouard Manet was an equally important artist when it came to the Realism movement, and also the Impressionist movement that came after. His first Realism work was 'The Luncheon on the Grass', which had a sketchy quality that distinguished his work from Courbet's. However, what made his representational style so popular was his focus on classical composition and using blocks of color in order to develop his paintings. As he grew in skill, he developed 'The Railway' and 'A Bar at the Folies-Bergere' which were deemed Realist masterpieces of the time.

Modern artists have since developed this style to represent nearly every subject imaginable and to embody themes from religious inspiration to historical events.

Social Realism

Social Realism was an American art movement in the United States which became particularly important during the Great Depression in the late 1920's and early 1930's and lasted until the 1960's. Defining what exactly Social Realism is can be difficult however, because of its close relations to the Regionalism and American Scene Painting which were developed around the same time.

Social Realism is vaguely related to the Realism movement that began with Gustave Courbet, because of the realistic depiction of working class and urban poor who was popular in this category. However, unlike the Realists of Europe, most Social Realists had a message of political or social unrest or criticism. Also, many artists like Chris Consani, chose to address the socioeconomic status of the wealthy as decadent and unaware of the trials facing the poor citizens during that time.

Framed Social Realism Art is also closely related to Regionalism due to the emergence of Ashcan School painters, who chose to depict the grittiness of city life. However, the difference between Social Realism and Regionalism lies in the fact that Regionalism was more concerned with the rural community while Social Realism was concerned with the urban areas of America. The Ashcan painters included such famous artists as Robert Henri, George Bellows, and John Slone.

One of the most important things about the Social Realism movement is that it brought artists attention back to American styles of painting. Before the Great Depression, artists typically went overseas to England and France in order to study painting. However, Social Realism and Regionalism changed that, and brought the focus on staying in America and painting purely American subjects with American techniques.

Modern depictions of this art category still contain social or political messages; however, these paintings are typically depictions of common, daily moments in the life of middle to low class citizens, rather than a criticism of the established order. These works include paintings such as Norman Rockwell's 'Tattooist' and works by artists such as Steven Johnson, whose work embraces the stylized depiction of jazz lifestyles.
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