"Every age projects its own images into its art." The artistic movement of Realism took place from 1850-1880. Moving away from Romanticism which was classified by its emotional depth and contrast to neo-classicism, Realism focused on the portrayal of social problems of the day. Artists during this period used their work to express what they saw as the downfalls of their day. The art is real and at times harsh, telling the truth rather than portraying everything through rose-colored glasses. Realism places value on fact, which came through in the style of the artists and techniques that were used. This period was influenced by movements of the day such as positivism and realpolitik, advancements which were made in the fields of social sciences and political strategy. This wide range of influence also led to a large Realism movement in literature as well. Some of the most well known authors that are associated with this period are Balzac, Dickens, and Baudelaire.