Realism appears after the 1848 French revolution.
It expresses both a taste for democracy and a reaction against romanticism. Yet, inspite of its social inclinations it produces no new style in architecture and only inspires a few valuable sculptures.
It best develops in the paintings of four Frenchmen who favor subjects of daily life:
- Courbet, the movement leader intents to make "live art" and to tranmit "ideas, customs and aspects" of his time.
- Daumier analizes the weaknesses of the period.
- Millet contributes to the "Barbizon painting school" fame.
- Corot, although close to the classics, achieves a pesronnal style.
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