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The Greatest Works Famous Art Featuring Realism

Updated October 1, 2020 18 votes 9 voters 133.6k views36 items

List of famous Realism artwork, listed alphabetically with photos when available. The Realism movement was an awakening in the world of art, producing new types of paintings and sculptures that the world had never seen before. This is a list of the most popular Realism art pieces, so art enthusiasts will likely recognize the names of the famous artists who created these pieces. These renowned pieces of Realism artwork are showcased in museums all over the world, so if you can't afford an expensive vacation then this list is a great substitute for seeing fine Realism art. In the chance that pictures of these historic Realism works of art aren't available, you can click on the name of the piece for more information.

Pieces on this list include The Persistence of Memory and I and the Village.

If you want to know, "What is Realism art?" or "What are examples of Realism art?" then this list will answer your questions.

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    Portrait of Professor Benjamin H. Rand is an 1874 painting by Thomas Eakins. It is oil on canvas and depicts Benjamin H. Rand, a doctor at Jefferson Medical College who taught Eakins anatomy. In the painting, Rand is reading a book while petting a cat. The portrait was the first Eakins made of someone outside his family. It is a prelude to what he considered his most important painting, The Gross Clinic. Rand donated it to Jefferson Medical College when he retired. It was purchased by Alice L. Walton for an estimated US$20 million in April 2007, to be housed at the Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art....  more
    • Artist: Thomas Eakins
    • Subject: Benjamin H. Rand
    • Genres (Art): Portrait
    • Art Form: Painting
    • Period / Movement: Realism
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    Le Déjeuner sur l'herbe – originally titled Le Bain – is a large oil on canvas painting by Édouard Manet created in 1862 and 1863. The painting depicts a female nude and a scantily dressed female bather on a picnic with two fully dressed men in a rural setting. Rejected by the Salon jury of 1863, Manet seized the opportunity to exhibit this and two other paintings in the 1863 Salon des Refusés where the painting sparked public notoriety and controversy. The piece is now in the Musée d'Orsay in Paris. A smaller, earlier version can be seen at the Courtauld Gallery, London....  more
    • Artist: Édouard Manet
    • Subject: Eugène Manet
    • Genres (Art): Genre art
    • Art Form: Painting
    • Period / Movement: Realism
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    The Gleaners is an oil painting by Jean-François Millet completed in 1857. It depicts three peasant women gleaning a field of stray grains of wheat after the harvest. The painting is famous for featuring in a sympathetic way what were then the lowest ranks of rural society; this was received poorly by the French upper classes....  more
    • Artist: Jean-François Millet
    • Art Form: Painting
    • Period / Movement: Realism
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    Max Schmitt in a Single Scull is an 1871 painting by Thomas Eakins in the permanent collection of the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Set on the Schuylkill River in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, it celebrates the victory of Eakins's friend Max Schmitt in the October 5, 1870, single sculls competition....  more
    • Artist: Thomas Eakins
    • Subject: Rowing
    • Genres (Art): Marine art, Genre art
    • Art Form: Painting
    • Period / Movement: Realism
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