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The Power of the Real


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Dürer (Basic Art Series)

Dürer Dürer Dürer

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Goya (Basic Art Series)

Goya Goya Goya

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Hopper (Basic Art Series)

Hopper Hopper Hopper

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Kahlo (Basic Art Series)

Kahlo Kahlo Kahlo

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O'Keeffe (Basic Art Series)

O'Keeffe O'Keeffe O'Keeffe

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Rivera (Basic Art Series)

Rivera Rivera Rivera

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Vermeer (Basic Art Series)

Vermeer Vermeer Vermeer

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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
Caravaggio. The Complete Works

Caravaggio. The Complete Works Caravaggio. The Complete Works Caravaggio. The Complete Works

New edition, only US$ 70
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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
October 02, 2018 - January 13, 2019

Pieter Bruegel der Ältere

Kunsthistorisches Museum, Vienna
October 05, 2018 - February 24, 2019

Tamara de Lempicka. Reina del Art Déco

Palacio de Gaviria, Madrid
September 09, 2019

450th anniversary of Pieter Bruegel’s death

February 20 - May 26, 2019

Bernard van Orley: The road to Bruegel

Bozar, Brussels
June 25 - September 29, 2019

Velázquez, Rembrandt, Vermeer. Miradas afines en España y Holanda

Museo Nacional del Prado, Madrid
September 20, 2019 - January 06, 2020

Albrecht Dürer

Albertina, Vienna
October 05, 2019 - January 26, 2020

The comeback of Bruegel’s “Mad Meg”

Museum Mayer van den Bergh, Antwerp



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.