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The Power of the Real


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Gerhard Richter (Basic Art Series)

Gerhard Richter Gerhard Richter Gerhard Richter

US$ 15
Van Eyck (Basic Art Series)

Van Eyck Van Eyck Van Eyck

US$ 15
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Caravaggio (Basic Art Series)

Caravaggio Caravaggio Caravaggio

US$ 15
de Lempicka (Basic Art Series)

de Lempicka de Lempicka de Lempicka

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Dürer (Basic Art Series)

Dürer Dürer Dürer

US$ 15
Goya (Basic Art Series)

Goya Goya Goya

US$ 15
Kahlo (Basic Art Series)

Kahlo Kahlo Kahlo

US$ 15
Manet (Basic Art Series)

Manet Manet Manet

US$ 15
O'Keeffe (Basic Art Series)

O'Keeffe O'Keeffe O'Keeffe

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Vermeer (Basic Art Series)

Vermeer Vermeer Vermeer

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The Magic Book

The Magic Book The Magic Book The Magic Book

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Vermeer. The Complete Works

Vermeer. The Complete Works Vermeer. The Complete Works Vermeer. The Complete Works

New edition, only US$ 40
Original edition US$ 150
Diego Rivera. The Complete Murals

Diego Rivera. The Complete Murals Diego Rivera. The Complete Murals Diego Rivera. The Complete Murals

New edition, only US$ 80
Original edition US$ 200
Velázquez. The Complete Works

Velázquez. The Complete Works Velázquez. The Complete Works Velázquez. The Complete Works

New edition, only US$ 70
Original edition US$ 150
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March 16, 2016 - March 16, 2020

Bruegel. Unseen Masterpieces

Royal Museums of Fine Arts Belgium, Brussels
October 01, 2018 - October 01, 2020

In Praise of Painting: Dutch Masterpieces at The Met

The Met Fifth Avenue, New York

450th anniversary of Pieter Bruegel’s death

April 06, 2019 - January 31, 2020

Beyond Bruegel

Palais de la Dynastie, Brussels
July 25, 2019 - July 24, 2020

From Goya to Manet. The 19th Century in the Alte Pinakothek

Alte Pinakothek, Munich
October 03, 2019 - February 16, 2020

Diego Rivera, artista universal

Casa de México en España, Madrid
October 07, 2019 - April 12, 2020

Brueghel. Maravillas del arte flamenco

Palacio de Gaviria, Madrid
November 13, 2019 - February 16, 2020

„Große Realistik & Große Abstraktion“. Zeichnungen von Max Beckmann bis Gerhard Richter

Städel Museum, Frankfurt
November 19, 2019 - February 16, 2020

Solo la voluntad me sobra. Drawings by Goya

Museo Nacional del Prado, Madrid
December 13, 2019 - April 13, 2020

Goya, Fragonard, Tiepolo

Kunsthalle, Hamburg
January 01 - September 30, 2020

Italian Renaissance

National Galleries of Scotland, Edinburgh
January 26 - May 17, 2020

Edward Hopper

Fondation Beyeler, Riethen
February 01 - April 30, 2020

Van Eyck: An optical revolution

Museum voor Schone Kunsten, Gent
February 05 - April 19, 2020

British Baroque: Power and Illusion

Tate Britain, London
February 12 - May 10, 2020

Die frühe Radierung. Von Dürer bis Bruegel

Albertina, Vienna
February 13 - May 24, 2020

Fantastische Frauen: Surreale Welten von Meret Oppenheim bis Frida Kahlo

Schirn, Frankfurt
February 22 - May 24, 2020

Van Gogh, Cézanne, Matisse, Hodler. Die Sammlung Hahnloser

Albertina, Vienna
March 03 - July 05, 2020

Gerhard Richter

The Met Breuer, New York
March 05 - June 28, 2020

Georgia O'Keeffe: Abstract Variations

Seattle Art Museum
April 04 - September 20, 2020

Nuits électriques

Musée d'art moderne André Malraux, Le Havre
April 04 - September 20, 2020

Les villes ardentes. Art, travail, révolte (1870-1914)

Musée des beaux-arts de Caen
April 05, 2020

Jean-Michel Basquiat

Museum of Fine Arts, Boston
April 30 - October 11, 2020

Joaquin Sorolla

Hôtel de Caumont, Aix-en-Provence
May 16 - August 16, 2020

Francisco de Goya

Fondation Beyeler, Riethen
October 07, 2020 - January 10, 2021

Dürer war hier. Eine Reise wird Legende

Suermondt-Ludwig Museum, Aachen
October 11, 2020 - March 28, 2021

Viva la Frida

Drents Museum, Assen
October 14, 2020 - January 24, 2021

Gerhard Richter

Bank Austria Kunstforum, Vienna
October 21 - November 30, 2020


National Art Center Tokyo



Art imitates life in the work of the realists. Through painting, photography, and sculpture, 19th and 20th century artists working with Realism invoke reality in works that capture what Freud called “the uncanny”—the inexplicable strangeness of something which seems at once real and not real. While realism of different sorts has been prevalent throughout history, The Realism art movement in painting began in France in the 1850s, following the 1848 Revolution and was led in many ways by the artist Gustave Courbet. Realists like Courbet rejected the Romanticism of the recent past, as well as the religious and symbolic grandiosity of the Renaissance and strove to move away from exaggerated emotion and drama and to resist idealization. The realist painters desired to depict the everyday - in all its beauty and horror. In this they did not shy away from the mundane, sordid, or even the outright unpleasant. Realists often depicted the working class as serious subject matter and recorded the emergence of an urban culture experiencing the vast changes to social life wrought by the industrial revolution.

TASCHEN Books holds titles on a number of artists whose work wrestles with the concerns of Realism. Manet, Courbet, Velázquez, Vermeer, and Caravaggio all strove to illustrate the nature of life, devoid of trimmings and frills. Manet’s paintings of cosmopolitan Parisian life, Vermeer’s images of middle-class Dutch women, or the peasants and workers that Courbet caught on canvas all depict ‘the real’ in staggeringly different surroundings. As the 20th Century progressed the invention of photography dramatically altered concepts of Realism. TASCHEN publications Modern Art 1870–2000. Impressionism to Today and Art of the 20th Century both contextualize the development of representation and provide an overview of how artists have approached Realism throughout the course of Art History. Realism stands as a watershed moment between the art of the old world and the new and the artwork associated with the movement can be considered the genesis of Modern Art as we know it.