today is taking center stage again in the world of art.
Whether as traditional Realism, or in one of its derivative
forms of Magic Realism, Fantastic Realism or Contemporary
Realism, we are enchanted by its spells and compelling messages.
Interest in Realism has ebbed and flowed over the centuries,
ever since Jan van Eyck developed the layering technique that
combined egg tempera with oil glazes, enabling artists to
render precise detail with improved tonality. Illusionism,
which was the pre-Modern ancestor of Realism, set high-water
marks when new generations of artists refocused on precise
Witness the great Caravaggio and his successors, the
works of David and Ingres, or the highly finished art
of the Victorian era Classicists or the academic Orientalism of the 19th
Century. In contemporary terms, Realism has numerous
new facets, many of which we will explore herein.
Fine Arts present selections from the works of
20th and 21st Century artists engaged with challenges of
using Realism as a vehicle of artistic expression, and relates
their work to the traditions of Realism. .
To enter a sublime
World of Realities, please click on the key to the left.