MCA 7

"Every age projects its own images into its art." The Realistic period started in c. 1850 and lasted until about c. 1880. Realism's main focus in it's art was of social and economic issues especially among the lower classes such as the peasantry. Realism did not focus on the Aristocracy or Mythological visions or beings its main focus was the workers and peasants. Realism was based on the facts rather than emotion and on real people in real events in time. That is why during the Realistic movement the artists Jean-Francois Millet and Gustave Courbet, who is also known as the Realist movement leader mainly depicted peasants and workers in their paintings. The Realistic movement was not a pretty one because these people were not cute they were poor, dirty and on the brink of starvation. Even though the Industrial Revolution was making progress in the invention of trains and this caused for more jobs for the lower classes still did not solve these issues that only the lower classes felt the effects of. Therefore Realism is grittier than that of other art periods and the artists Jean-Francois Millet and Gustave Courbet will depict that in their artwork.

In this picture by Millet he portrays a portrait of a woman, but in the painting he shows extreme attention to detail especially in the woman's facial expression and hand. Millet uses realism in the painting to depict a real person with the use of a somber palette and bold line work.
Millet again portrays an extensive use of realism in this landscape painting. The painting itself is in color but as you can see Millet was very selective in the colors he chose to create this piece. On the top of the hill you can see what appears to be a man watching the waves crash on the land.
This painting that depicts a man and a woman sowing and planting potatoes in a field screams of the grittiness of the Realism movement. Millet shows the hard work that the lower agricultural and industrial workers had to suffer through. This couple is planting in one of many fields as seen in the background of the painting.
Millet again shows the grittiness and tedious work that the agricultural and industrial lower class workers had to endure daily in a means of survival. He shows three women picking hay by hand in a very large field. These women most likely do this daily in a means to earn money to buy food to feed their families but in all reality the money they are paid is barely enough to keep their families from starving.
Courbet shows the use of broad line work and expertise in brushstrokes to show the little details in the bouquet of flowers. Although they might not seem to be the most detailed its the little things he puts into the painting that makes them standout.
Courbet shows very precise details throughout this painting of Deer in a forest. He uses a selective palette that he uses to highlight certain aspects in the painting making key details standout. Such as the fur standing up of the deer's back and the muscle tone in it's front and back legs. Courbet's line work is very broad to and his use of colors and details makes the deer appear to be very life like.
Courbet again uses immense detail throughout this painting of the two men wrestling which makes the men appear to be very realistic looking as well as the landscape around them. Courbet's use of color also highlights and places emphasis on certain parts of the painting. Such as the wrestlers toned stomachs and legs where you can see veins protruding out of their legs.
Courbet depicts a beautiful girls admiring her reflection in the mirror. He uses a selective palette that allows him to put an emphasis on certain details in the painting such as her facial expression and the texture of her hair and the way her hand hold the mirror.
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