French Realism 19th Century

Realism began in France in the 1850s, following the French Revolution. Realists was seen as a revolt against Romanticism with its emphasis on intense emotions and dramatic effect. The aim of the realist artistic movement was to depict ordinary, 'real' people and events with objectivity.  

Gustave Courbet, The Stone Breakers, 1849
Jean-François Millet, The Gleaners, 1857 and The Sower, 1850


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