27 Facts About American Realism


American Realism was a style in art, music and literature that depicted contemporary social realities and the lives and everyday activities of ordinary people.

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The Ashcan School known as The Eight and the group called Ten American Realism Painters created the core of the new American Realism Modernism in the visual arts.

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American Realism's paintings had an expressionist boldness and a willingness to take risks.

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American Realism had a fascination with violence as seen in his 1909 painting Both Members of This Club, which depicts a gory boxing scene.

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American Realism's 1913 painting Cliff Dwellers depicts a city-scape that is not one particular view but a composite of many views.

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American Realism focused on individuals, strangers, quickly passing in the streets in towns and cities.

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American Realism's was a sympathetic rather than a comic portrayal of people, often using a dark background to add to the warmth of the person depicted.

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American Realism later referred to the academy as "a cemetery of art".

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American Realism painted theater scenes from London, Paris and New York.

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American Realism found interest in the urban spectacle of life, drawing parallels between the theater and crowded seats and life.

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American Realism looks for the joy and beauty in the life of the poor rather than the tragedy.

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American Realism was a successful commercial illustrator, producing numerous drawings and watercolors for contemporary magazines that humorously portrayed New Yorkers in their daily lives.

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American Realism depicted the leisure of the working class with an emphasis on female subjects.

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American Realism disliked the category of Ashcan School and expressed his annoyance with art historians who identified him as a painter of the American Scene: "Some of us used to paint little rather sensitive comments about the life around us.

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American Realism advised his students "It isn't the subject that counts but what you feel about it" and "Forget about art and paint pictures of what interests you in life".

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American Realism's haunting Civil War novel The Red Badge of Courage was published to great acclaim in 1895, but he barely had time to bask in the attention before he died at 28, having neglected his health.

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American Realism has enjoyed continued success since his death—as a champion of the common man, a realist, and a symbolist.

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Early 19th-century American Realism writers tended to be flowery, sentimental, or ostentatious—partially because they were still trying to prove that they could write as elegantly as the English.

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Twain's style, based on vigorous, realistic, colloquial American Realism speech, gave American Realism writers a new appreciation of their national voice.

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For Twain and other American writers of the late 19th century, realism was not merely a literary technique: It was a way of speaking truth and exploding outworn conventions.

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American Realism "talked in a slow humorous drawl" and demonstrated unusual prowess as a storyteller.

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American Realism is known for his dedication to using his photographic and journalistic talents to help the less fortunate in New York City, which was the subject of most of his prolific writings and photographic essays.

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American Realism helped with the implementation of "model tenements" in New York with the help of humanitarian Lawrence Veiller.

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American Realism is most famous for his socialist cartoons, especially those drawn for the radical magazine The Masses, of which Young was co-editor, from 1911 to 1917.

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American Realism was scrupulous in documenting the sources of his works, which frequently combined stylistic influences from several performers.

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American Realism loved this folk-musical form and brought a transforming touch to it.

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American Realism's music enjoyed a considerable resurgence of popularity and critical respect in the 1970s, especially for his most famous composition "The Entertainer".

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