"Every age projects its own images into its art." The realistic period from 1850 to 1880 may have been shorter than many other art movements but it is no different because of this. It still has a central focus and its own characteristics. Realism paid more attention to the social problems and the social context of its day rather than just the aristocracy, and fantasy-like visions. Because of this, the people portrayed in the paintings were not idealized but left as they were: peasants and workers. This art form was based on the facts which is why it may appear to be gritty as this was when the Industrial Revolution was making progress in the area of trains. These paintings had a certain robustness and energy which was conveyed through bold lines, strong tonal contrasts, a broad handling of paint and a somber palette. Also, realism is often associated with positivism and Realpolitik. The artists included in this gallery are Jean-Francois Millet and Honore Daumier, although Gustave Courbet led the realist movement.