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Whether you are looking for an original realism painting or a high quality art print, Saatchi Art has over 201,925 original realism paintings for sale from emerging artists around the world. Read more

Realism paintings aim to depict the world through the lens of objective reality by avoiding stylization, idealism, and any unnatural or implausible subject matter. The Realism art movement (also called “Naturalism”) emerged in mid 19th century France as a reaction to the over-idealization of 18th century Romanticism. The movement’s tenets were also adopted by many novelists, playwrights, and, in later years, filmmakers. If you appreciate the paintings of famous realism artists including Gustave Courbet, Jean-Francois Millet, Vasily Perov, and Hubert von Herkomer, we invite you to explore Saatchi Art’s international selection of realist paintings for sale today!

To make realist paintings, artists accurately painted ordinary individuals engaged in everyday life situations, not shying from the often mundane or unpleasant reality. Famous realist paintings accurately portray unidealized scenes, often at a grand scale typically associated with religious works, underlining the importance of humanism. Realist art paintings can be figurative, landscapes, portraits, or still life. The realist artist depicts the world the way they see it, using oil or acrylic paint in accurate, direct brushstrokes to present subject matter. 

Realism emerged in a tumultuous France, at the outset of a series of revolutions  in the late 19th century. Realist paintings artists sought to move away from the romanticism of the previous century, instead depicting the unpleasant and sordid truths of life. As the chasm between the aristocracy and working class deepened, realist artists reacted by painting scenes of ordinary life and everyday activities experienced by the growing working class. As realism caught on in France, led by Gustave Courbet, the realist art style caught hold in other parts of the world as well. Realism art movements emerged in Russia and Britain, and would inspire a later generation of American Realism and Photorealism. 

To make realist paintings, artists accurately painted ordinary individuals engaged in everyday life situations, not shying from the often mundane or unpleasant reality. Famous realist paintings accurately portray unidealized scenes, often at a grand scale typically associated with religious works, underlining the importance of humanism. Realist art paintings can be figurative, landscapes, portraits, or still life. The realist artist depicts the world the way they see it, using oil or acrylic paint in accurate, direct brushstrokes to present subject matter. 

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After The End, Paintings image
Paintings, 16 W x 20 H x 2 in
United States
$1,480
Velvet Surf, Paintings image
Paintings, 36.2 W x 44.9 H x 1.6 in
$4,070
Harbor Lights At Dusk, Paintings image
Paintings, 30 W x 24 H x 1.5 in
United States
$3,970
Prints from $80
Funicular in Quebec City, Paintings image
Paintings, 30 W x 40 H x 1.5 in
$2,920
Prints from $81
The Silent Volcano, Paintings image
Paintings, 28.5 W x 24.5 H x 0.6 in
$710
Prints from $40
The Silk Scarf, Paintings image
Paintings, 24 W x 30 H x 1 in
United States
$3,970
Prints from $100
Evolution, Paintings image
Paintings, 21.7 W x 21.7 H x 0.8 in
$540
Prints from $250
Stranger, Paintings image
Paintings, 47.2 W x 59.1 H x 0.8 in
$8,010
Prints from $58
Rowboat, Paintings image
Paintings, 31 W x 23 H x 0.8 in
United States
$665
Prints from $40
AFTER IRRELEVANCE, Paintings image
Paintings, 36 W x 48 H x 1.5 in
United States
$9,200
Prints from $40
House by the Ocean, Paintings image
Paintings, 36 W x 30 H x 1 in
$3,960
Limited Editions from $75
Farmers wife, Paintings image
Paintings, 31.5 W x 39.4 H x 0.8 in
$3,000
13, Paintings image
Paintings, 25 W x 38 H x 0.1 in
United States
$2,070
Red Dawn, Paintings image
Paintings, 8 W x 8 H x 1.5 in
$1,160
Old Crimea, Paintings image
Paintings, 27.6 W x 21.7 H x 1 in
$1,400
Prints from $97
Clicking, Paintings image
Paintings, 24 W x 24 H x 1.5 in
United States
$3,170
California Road Chronicles #70, Paintings image
Paintings, 24 W x 18 H x 0.8 in
United States
$2,870
Prints from $40
Cloudbridge, Paintings image
Paintings, 51.2 W x 39.4 H x 1.2 in
Germany
$2,750
Ocean Cliffs, Seascape, Handmade artwork, One of a kind, Paintings image
United States
$1,720
LA, Paintings image
Paintings, 19.7 W x 15.8 H x 1.5 in
$1,500
game over, Paintings image
Paintings, 40 W x 30 H x 0 in
United States
$3,170
Pool of Light, Paintings image
Paintings, 11.8 W x 15.7 H x 0.8 in
Remember To Breathe, Paintings image
Paintings, 16 W x 20 H x 2 in
United States
$1,480
Diagonal, Paintings image
Paintings, 33.1 W x 23.2 H x 0 in
United Kingdom
$720
Prints from $100
Hyenas, Paintings image
Paintings, 57.1 W x 47.2 H x 1.2 in
$1,110
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