The Great Realists

Sunday 8 October 2017

By Melanie Cooper

About this Curation

In the context of art history, nineteenth-century French Realist painters embraced every day observations of contemporary life, in many ways democratising art by turning from the academic ideals of classical art and the heightened emotional drama of eighteenth-century Romanticism. In this way, Realist painters sought to represent the real as opposed to the imagined, offering instead a truthful and realistic account of daily life. Until the 1880s and prior to the rise of Impressionism, Realism often carried a political sentiment in representing the lives of the working class following the Revolution of 1848. Similarly, Contemporary Realist painters from the mid-1960s rejected the intense energy of Abstract Expressionism to represent their own astute observations of the world. The artists featured here have also drawn on the techniques of Realism in offering individual, detailed views of their own worlds to us.

About the Curator

Melanie is a visual artist and Visiting Research Fellow at the University of Adelaide where she recently graduated with a phD in Art History. She writes academic articles for publication and reviews for online journals including Verso-MMXVI, Fine Print and Cerae: Journal of Medieval and Early Modern Studies. Serving on a number of academic and editorial committees, Melanie is an active member of the arts community.

90cm (W) x 60cm (H)
Oil on Linen
50cm (W) x 50cm (H)
Acrylic paint and mixed media on cotton canvas
60cm (W) x 60cm (H)
Oil on gessoed board
60.9cm (W) x 45.7cm (H)
Artist quality oils applied by knife on double-thick stretched cotton canvas. Varnished.
41cm (W) x 51cm (H)
Oil painting on stretched canvas
101cm (W) x 76cm (H)
Acrylic on canvas
76cm (W) x 76cm (H)
Acrylic and copper leaf on artist stretched canvas
42cm (W) x 29cm (H)
Pen, ink and Pantone on paper
51cm (W) x 71cm (H)
acrylic on canvas
61cm (W) x 40cm (H)
Textured cotton rag. French cold press. Natural, off white. 320gsm. Medium texture, matte. Acid free.
78cm (W) x 58cm (H)
Hand Carved Unique Print on Cotton Rag Paper
30cm (W) x 30cm (H)
oil on circular board
55cm (W) x 60cm (H)
Watercolour Paint in Paper
92cm (W) x 122cm (H)
Acrylic on canvas with wooden backing
100cm (W) x 100cm (H)
liquin original
61cm (W) x 92cm (H)
Acrylic paint on stretched canvas
92cm (W) x 122cm (H)
Three layers of Acrylic paint with a final layer of sealant
100cm (W) x 120cm (H)
Oil on Italian Linen
41cm (W) x 41cm (H)
Schmincke Oil Paint on Stretched Canvas