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The Power of the Real

Books & Limited Editions

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Caravaggio (Basic Art Series)

Caravaggio Caravaggio Caravaggio

US$ 15
de Lempicka (Basic Art Series)

de Lempicka de Lempicka de Lempicka

US$ 15
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
O'Keeffe (Basic Art Series)

O'Keeffe O'Keeffe O'Keeffe

US$ 15
Rivera (Basic Art Series)

Rivera Rivera Rivera

US$ 15
Velázquez (Basic Art Series)

Velázquez Velázquez Velázquez

US$ 15
Vermeer (Basic Art Series)

Vermeer Vermeer Vermeer

US$ 15
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
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
Gerhard Richter (Basic Art Series)

Gerhard Richter Gerhard Richter Gerhard Richter

US$ 15
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The Magic Book

The Magic Book The Magic Book The Magic Book

US$ 40
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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
September 09, 2019

450th anniversary of Pieter Bruegel’s death

January 19 - December 31, 2019

Leonardo da Vinci, Raffael, Michelangelo. Giganten der Renaissance

Kunstkraftwerk Leipzig
May 23 - September 09, 2019

Gerhard Richter: Marinas

Guggenheim, Bilbao
June 25 - September 29, 2019

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

Museo Nacional del Prado, Madrid
July 13 - October 06, 2019

Wege des Barock

Museum Barberini, Potsdam
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
October 11, 2019 - January 19, 2020

Rembrandt - Velázquez: Dutch and Spanish masters

Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam
October 15, 2019 - January 19, 2020

Caravaggio & Bernini. A Revolution in the Arts

Kunsthistorisches Museum Wien
December 13, 2019 - April 13, 2020

Goya, Fragonard, Tiepolo

Kunsthalle, Hamburg
May 16 - August 16, 2020

Francisco de Goya

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

Dürers Reise in die Niederlande

Suermondt-Ludwig Museum, Aachen
October 14, 2020 - January 24, 2021

Gerhard Richter

Bank Austria Kunstforum, Vienna



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.