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Realism

Realism

The Power of the Real

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Velázquez. The Complete Works

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

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de Lempicka (Basic Art Series)

de Lempicka de Lempicka de Lempicka

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Dürer (Basic Art Series)

Dürer Dürer Dürer

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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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Gerhard Richter (Basic Art Series)

Gerhard Richter Gerhard Richter Gerhard Richter

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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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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

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Caravaggio. The Complete Works

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

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Diego Rivera. The Complete Murals

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

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Van Eyck (Basic Art Series)

Van Eyck Van Eyck Van Eyck

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T-Time

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Events

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Exhibition
October 01, 2018 - October 01, 2020

In Praise of Painting: Dutch Masterpieces at The Met

The Met Fifth Avenue, New York
2019

450th anniversary of Pieter Bruegel’s death

Exhibition
May 16 - August 16, 2020

Francisco de Goya

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

Dürer war hier. Eine Reise wird Legende

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

Viva la Frida

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

Gerhard Richter

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

Caravaggio

National Art Center Tokyo
Exhibition
October 24, 2020 - January 31, 2021

Diego Rivera's America

MoMA, San Francisco
Exhibition
October 25, 2020 - January 17, 2021

Frida Kahlo, Diego Rivera, and Mexican Modernism

Denver Art Museum
Exhibition
November 01, 2020

Caravaggio and the Origins of Still Life

National Gallery of Art, Washington
Exhibition
February 04 - May 30, 2021

Klimt. Inspired by Monet, Van Gogh, Matisse…

Belvedere, Vienna

Realism

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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.