Gustave Courbet is a French painter,
sculptor, drawing artist of the XIX
century. He considered painting to be
an extremely concrete art, which
should depict only real things.
Courbet was a very consistent realism
artist, as he portrayed same-sex love,
drunken priests and close up genitals
long before it all became mainstream.
He believed that an artist should show
He treated fellow artists with dislike,
and preferred to exhibit his realism
paintings separately from them.
However Courbet did not keep away
from politics. In 1871 he became a
member of the Paris Commune, and
headed the Commissariat of Culture,
which under his leadership destroyed
the Vendome Column in Paris. Later,
he spent six months in prison, and the
court sentenced him to reimbursement
for the destroyed historical monument.
Grant Wood is a realism artist of the
twentieth century, whose work can be
connected to the movement in
American art called regionalism. It
originated in the Midwestern regions
of the United States.
The artist became famous for his most
famous painting American Gothic,
which he created in 1930.
Grant Wood found inspiration in
southern Iowa, where he saw a house
in the style of provincial Gothic. The
artist depicted this house and people
who, in his opinion, could live in it.
This realism artwork became a landmark for American art of the
twentieth century. Shortly after its
creation, the artwork was exhibited at
the Art Institute of Chicago, where it is
Bo Bartlett is a modern American
realism artist. His quite realistic
artworks are not simple. They are
interesting to look at and figure out the
subject. His paintings are inherently
mysterious, meditative and erotic.
Perhaps it is more correct to call his
style magical realism. Bartlett takes
quite ordinary subjects and embodies
them in an unexpected and attractive
form. His artworks are like snapshots