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.
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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
Art Forms: Sculpture, Paintingsee more on Gustave Courbet
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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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, Drawingsee more on Winslow Homer
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, Printmakingsee more on Edward Hopper