Artist Gustave Courbet was considered to be the leading figure of the realist movement in 19thcentury art. Gustave liked to use the word realism when he would exhibit his own works of art. In Courbet’s time there was a lot of confusion about what constituted realism. In 1857 Jules- Francois- Felix Husson Champfleury stated: “I will not define realism. I do not know where it comes from, where it goes, or what it is; The name horrifies me by its pedantic ending; there is enough confusion already about the famous word.” Confusion and disagreements still stand about realism still exists among art historians. The work of Realists provided its viewers with a different look into reality. Realists main argument was that only the things of one’s own time, and what people can see in reality is real. Realists liked to focus on the experiences and sights of the everyday contemporary life and ignored the historical and fictional subjects of the past because they were not visible and were not from the present day world. Basically realists believed
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History of painting, Gustave Courbet, Realists, Realists main argument, Artist Gustave Courbet