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In literature as well as art realism is the depiction of subjects as they appear in practical, everyday life. The point of realism is to capture people or situations in a real and gritty way.

While realism depicts real characters in real situations, there tends to be emphasis placed on the ugly or sordid. In this way, realism is very much the opposite of idealism.

As a reaction to the idealism of Romanticism in France during the middle of the nineteenth century, realism became the popular cultural movement in many ways. Realism is often connected to demands for social and political reform, in addition to ideas about democracy. Dominating the literature and visual arts of England, France and the America between the years 1840 and 1880, realism was popular throughout many facets of life.

Realists tend to throw out such hubris as classical forms, theatrics and lofty esoteric subjects in favor of the most commonplace subjects and themes. A very famous example of a realist painting is Jean-Francois Millet's 'The Gleaners' from the year 1857.

Realism as an art movement looks like early as 2400 BC in India in the city of Lothal. Examples of this type of art can be found around the globe and throughout art history. In a very broad sense, realism is art that shows any subject or object that has been observed and accurately depicted, though the entire art piece may not conform to realism conditions.

During the late sixteenth century among the most prominent mode of art in European art was a form called mannerism, which showed artificial and elongated figures in very unreal, though graceful positions. An artist by the name of Michelangelo Merisi da Caravaggio emerged and changed much of the direction of art simply by depicting real humans doing real things. His work shows images painted directly from everyday life and shows an immediacy that had never been seen before.

Dutch art had any realism entries, with their fondness for humble situations and homely details and subjects. Rembrandt is a very well known example of Dutch realism in paintings. The Barbizon School took realism in a whole new direction when, by painting and observing nature, the beginnings of Impressionism formed.
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