What Is a Realism Painting?

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Realism painting was generally practiced before the invention of a camera, where artists depicted landscapes and humans with as much attention to detail and precision as possible. Understand the subtle difference between realism and naturalism with information from an experienced artist in this free video on painting.

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Hi. I'm Koorosh Angali with Angali.com. I'm going to give you some tips as to what is Realism in paintings. Basically what we mean by Realism is what the artist did mostly before the invention of the camera. That means showing whatever later on cameras started to capture. This doesn't mean that after the camera was invented some artists didn't continue to do that. They painted landscapes, still lifes, portraits and so forth all of that that are in a realistic manner. For instance in this work what we see is what we can practically sit on the table and look at it or take a picture of it. In this instance the artist painter has decided to paint it. Whereas in this painting although everything looks real you have a duck looking real, you have marine birds looking real and so forth since they are placed in an unnatural context this isn't realism anymore. And in most instances in this case we are either dealing with fantasy art which is, its been around for centuries or later style of the early 20th century art known as Surrealism. That means having your objects in a context which is not really natural to us. Now in this third painting what you see is neither. Although once again the object looks real its a skull but the skull of a vampire. So it cannot be real and its put in the context which could be real. So its a combination of the two. But still technique wise its not considered a real painting.

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