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 Realism  made an attempt to make art and literature resemble life.Realist painters and writers take their subjects from the world around them instead of from idealized subjects, such as figures in mythology or folktales and try to represent them in a lifelike way. Such artists at this time included Gustave Courbet, Honoré Daumier, and Jean-François Millet

Courbet explored flower painting using his friend Baudry's extensive gardens, greenhouses, and library of botanical books.Courbet used broad brushstrokes and often spread his thick paint with a palette knife to really make the flowers look realistic. It was not very common for an artist to paint flowers before the time of realism. He painted these exactly how he saw them.
In this painting, unlike previous years, Courbet really tried to capture her expression. instead of focusing on making her appear more glamorous or beautiful,he really tried to relay her thoughts and expressions to the viewers. Again, this painting is very realistic down to the shading above her eyelid.
The side-show really shows Daumier's more theatrical ways to painting. He did not really witness this incident, and often just colored in pencil. He uses shading and lines to really show the expression of the figures. Although he didnt really witness this, it does still look realistic.
Daumier is a master of light and dark. In this particular painting, there is an obvious focal point.He is trying to capture the sorrow and despair of the mother and child as they leave the industrial state. This is a very realistic painting in terms of what were happening in the world at this time
Millet very purposely made painting to include a steeple in the background and change the name from Prayer for the Potato Crop to The Angelus. The painting has been a source of speculation, The figures in this are supposed to represent Irish people standing over the small coffin of their child, mourning. This was very realistic at the time due to the potato famine, which led to malnutrition and death in many children.
Millet critisized and was unhappy with the struggles in Ireland. At the time, people didn't even think potatos were fit to serve animals, but this family was planting them for themselves to eat. Millet was disgusted with the conditions that the poor people had to live in, working hard with not enough food.Unfortunately, this was real during the time.
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