MCA 5 Realism

Every age projects its own image in the arts. The artistic period of Realism took place in the 19th century from around 1825-1880. This age in the arts was characterized by its very unique elements, generally not seen in previous art periods. Artists from this time generally liked to focus on the life of peasants in the way it truly was. There were not many cute faced urban workers, making these pieces as realistic as possible, thus getting its name, Realism. These scenes are also centered around the facts of the situation, not the feeling which is portrayed. Realism art also tends to keep its setting in the country side, which was were the majority of peasants got through their daily life.

This painting by Courbet shows a funeral procession. One could distinctly identify this painting as Realistic by its rural setting, and the especially the focus on the lower working class.This painting also shows the non-romanticized common people. No one in this painting is overly attractive, unlike the previous art styles.
This painting shows a beautiful rural landscape. Depicting the rural life of a water mill, likely used to grind down grains for flower. The dark gloominess of the scene displays how depressing and awful the life of the working peasant class was. This painting has successfully shown the feeling of the awful peasant life while still keeping to the realistic everyday life.
This painting by Courbet hows a nude woman and a dog. This work really shows the increased depiction of naked women and "the sex". Realism took naked women to an overload. Artists painted them much more frequently for which one could argue as a public form of pornography. It could also be noted that women's face in this painting is not the prettiest, keeping to non-romanticized look of people.
This painting by Millet shows two men scaring birds out of their nests with a torch. The other men are killing the birds and collecting them for food. This painting shows the true realistic conditions of the day. Men everyday went out and did this sort of thing to either sell for food, or feed themselves. One can also notice the rural scene and the literal scene of these men collecting food.
This second painting by Millet shows what appears to be a man, herding his sheep under the moonlight. This Realism characteristics in this painting are the focus on a rural scene and the focus on the event. The beautiful piece captures the lifestyle of this man and his sheep.
This piece by Millet shows what could be a young couple heading to work. These two un-romanticized looking people are captured in their everyday life. Again, Millet captures the real situations of the working class in the rural landscape of country.
This final piece of artwork by Millet shows a man and a women planting potatoes into the ground. In the background there is a small baby-child and a fine looking ass. This painting shows the Realism characteristics such as the rural setting and especially the focus on the working class. Paintings like these show how these poor farmers lived and worked everyday of their lives, and is an excellent source to see the world these people lived in.
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