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List of famous Realism artists, with images, bios, and information about their notable works. All the greatest artists associated with the Realism movement are included here, along with clickable names for more details on that particular painter or sculptor. Make sure to also check out weird personal quirks of iconic artists and artists who were actually bad humans. These notable Realism period artists are organized by popularity, so the best artists are at the top of the list. If you think the best Realism artist isn't as high as they should be then be sure to give them an upvote.

Realism was an artistic movement that was a direct response to Romanticism. The subjects of Realist paintings were industrial, non-exotic, and often ugly. Less about appearing realistic, Realist artists seeked to show their subject's reality without sugarcoating it. Working class people were often subjects in realist paintings. Ths list of artists includes Rembrandt, Edward Hooper, Gustave Courbet, and many additional artists as well.

This list answers the questions, "Who are the most famous Realism artists?" and "Who are the best Realism artists?"

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Rembrandt is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous Realism Artists
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Rembrandt Harmenszoon van Rijn was a Dutch painter and etcher. He is generally considered one of the greatest painters and printmakers in European art and the most important in Dutch history. His contributions to art came in a period of great wealth and cultural achievement that historians call the ...more

Artworks: The Night Watch, Artemisia, David and Uriah, Self-Portrait, The Storm on the Sea of Galilee, + more

Birthplace: Leiden, Netherlands

Associated periods or movements: Dutch Golden Age, Realism, Baroque

Nationality: Dutch Republic

Art Forms: Painting, Printmaking, Drawing

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Gustave Courbet is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Realism Artists
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Gustave Courbet

Jean Désiré Gustave Courbet was a French painter who led the Realist movement in 19th-century French painting. Committed to painting only what he could see, he rejected academic convention and the Romanticism of the previous generation of visual artists. His independence set an example that was ...more

Artworks: Young Ladies of the Village, La rencontre (Bonjour Monsieur Courbet), The Stone Breakers, A Burial At Ornans, The Wounded Man, + more

Birthplace: Ornans, France

Associated periods or movements: Realism, Realism

Nationality: France

Art Forms: Sculpture, Painting

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Winslow Homer is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Realism Artists
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Winslow Homer

Winslow Homer was an American landscape painter and printmaker, best known for his marine subjects. He is considered one of the foremost painters in 19th-century America and a preeminent figure in American art. Largely self-taught, Homer began his career working as a commercial illustrator. He ...more

Artworks: Breezing Up, The Blue Boat, West Point^! Prout's Neck, Prisoners from the Front, Snap the Whip, + more

Birthplace: Boston, Massachusetts, United States of America

Associated periods or movements: Tile Club, Realism, Realism

Nationality: United States of America

Art Forms: Painting, Drawing

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Edward Hopper is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Realism Artists
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Edward Hopper

Edward Hopper was a prominent American realist painter and printmaker. While he was most popularly known for his oil paintings, he was equally proficient as a watercolorist and printmaker in etching. Both in his urban and rural scenes, his spare and finely calculated renderings reflected his ...more

Artworks: Nighthawks, Automat, Self-Portrait, Self-Portrait, American Village, + more

Birthplace: Nyack, New York, United States of America

Associated periods or movements: Ashcan School, Realism

Nationality: United States of America

Art Forms: Etching, Painting, Printmaking

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