List of Famous Realist Painters & Realism Artists along with their biographies.

The Realism art movement in painting originated in France in the middle of the 19th century, following the 1848 Revolution. Painters like Gustave Courbet revolted against the set ideals of the prevalent Romantic Movement and adopted a more independent style of unidealized painting which soon became known as the Realism art movement. Realism, which favored depiction of “real life” found many eager adherents in painters who wished to break free of the exaggerated drama of the Romantic Movement. Jean-François Millet, a realist painter who gained fame for his scenes of peasant farmers, went on to found the Barbizon school of realistic art in rural France. Realism also offered the artists the freedom of depicting social situations in an unidealized manner, thereby bringing to mainstream attention the challenges faced by the underprivileged sections of the society. Honoré-Victorin Daumier was one such artist who through his realistic depictions offered commentary on social and political life in France in the 19th century. He was best known for his unflattering caricatures of political figures and satires on the behavior of his countrymen. Jean-Baptiste-Camille Corot, Édouard Manet, and Jules Breton were some other prominent artists of the movement. Read on for more information about the life and works of famous Realist painters.

Martin Mull Martin Mull
American

Will SampsonWill Sampson
American

James TissotJames Tissot
French

George CatlinGeorge Catlin
American

Isaac LevitanIsaac Levitan
Lithuanian, Russian
Michael WhelanMichael Whelan
American
František KupkaFrantišek Kupka
Czech

George InnessGeorge Inness
American

Adolph MenzelAdolph Menzel
German, Polish

Beryl CookBeryl Cook
British
Adriaen van OstadeAdriaen van Ostade
Dutch

Clara PeetersClara Peeters
Belgian, Spanish, Dutch
Ivan AlbrightIvan Albright
American

Antonis MorAntonis Mor
Dutch

Jules PascinJules Pascin
Bulgarian
William GlackensWilliam Glackens
American

Giovanni di PaoloGiovanni di Paolo
Italian
George LuksGeorge Luks
American

Yasuo KuniyoshiYasuo Kuniyoshi
Japanese, American

Philip PearlsteinPhilip Pearlstein
American
Carle VernetCarle Vernet
French
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Kenyon CoxKenyon Cox
American
Oswald AchenbachOswald Achenbach
German

Karl von PilotyKarl von Piloty
German

Caspar NetscherCaspar Netscher
German, Dutch

John F. PetoJohn F. Peto
American
Gaspard DughetGaspard Dughet
French

Spinello AretinoSpinello Aretino
Italian

David Teniers the ElderDavid Teniers the Elder
Belgian

Howard KanovitzHoward Kanovitz
American

Joseph WrightJoseph Wright
British
Gong XianGong Xian
Chinese

Wang HuiWang Hui
Chinese
Chokuan SogaChokuan Soga
Japanese

John Randall BratbyJohn Randall Bratby
British