"Every age projects its own image into its art." Realism art occurred during the mid-19th century. Realism art has certain characteristics that may make it seem brash or gritty. Realism often depicts peasant life or life on the streets, showing the real problems at the time, rather than the lush life of the nobility. Art would also show landscapes, artists would take their tools directly into the countryside and paint there, instead of indoors.