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The Power of the Real


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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

June 10 - November 01, 2020

Esprit, es-tu là?

Musée Maillol, Paris
June 26 - October 04, 2020

La Force du dessin. Chefs-d’œuvre de la collection Prat

Petit Palais, Paris
July 14 - November 01, 2020

La libération de la peinture 1945-1962

Mémorial, Caen
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
October 25, 2020 - January 17, 2021

Frida Kahlo, Diego Rivera, and Mexican Modernism

Denver Art Museum
November 01, 2020 - March 2021

Diego Rivera's America

MoMA, San Francisco
February 04 - May 30, 2021

Klimt. Inspired by Monet, Van Gogh, Matisse…

Belvedere, Vienna
April 20 - August 08, 2021

Georgia O’Keeffe

Museo Nacional Thyssen-Bornemisza, Madrid
June 04 - September 12, 2021

Albrecht Dürer

Kunsthalle Hamburg



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.