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Tom Gurney BSc (Hons) is an art history expert with over 20 years experience
Published on June 19, 2020 / Updated on October 14, 2023
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Few artists have left the impression that Courbet managed to achieve as the leader of the Realism movement across France. Prints of his work remain highly sought after and his career is generally well served by art retailer, particularly online, where the vast majority of his work is available for reproduction.

This artist was skilled in landscape painting as well as portraiture, but was far lesser known for the former. His most famous paintings are of people hard at work in the outdoors. His honest betrayal of normal people going about their normal lives helped to differentiate his work from other French artists of that period. The Stone Breakers and The Meeting are perhaps the best two examples of this, though both are often referred to under different names, such as their original French titles.

Those who delve deeper into his overall output reveals a greater depth than many are aware of, specifically in the types of genre in which Courbet was involved. It is only in recent years that he has finally become regarded as an exceptional landscape painter, perhaps not on the level of Turner, Constable or Monet, but certainly still very impressive. This is a clear change from someone who pretty much only known for his portraits of peasant life.

All of the oeuvre of this great artist can be found online for sale as reproduction prints, posters or stretched canvases. Typically, a whole host of options are available such as design and material of your frame, perhaps an inlay card to separate it from the artwork or different types of transparent protective screens that can sit on top. Naturally, size is also an important factor to consider when purchasing art prints online.

Famous Realism Artists

Courbet may have been the leader of this collection of highly trained artists, but he is certainly not the only one to have gained popularity. Indeed, many realism paintings from other artists can also be purchased as art print reproductions, from a fairly comprehensive list in a number of online stores. Many retailers even go far beyond the most well known in this movement in order to cater for as many tastes as possible.

All copyright has passed on artists from this period, meaning there is no difficulty in offering each and every one. The Realism movement itself also spread far beyond just France, with notable members appearing in Russia and USA, as well as elsewhere in Europe. Ilya Repin prints have also proved popular of late, delivering extraordinary detail of significant moments in his country's history.

There were also countless artists who combined realism with other movements in order to create their own unique style. Two examples worth studying would be Degas and Caillebotte, who created their own balances between realistic detail and impressionist style. Both were very successful as a result of this, although the content that they covered was not necessarily the same.