"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.