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Realist Paintings

REALIST STYLE

Realist art attempts to portray its subject matter without artifice. Similar to naturalism, authentic realist paintings and prints see an integration of true-to-life colors, meticulous detail and linear perspectives for accurate portrayals of the world. 

Work that involves illusionistic techniques of realism dates back to the classical world, such as the deceptive trompe l’oeil used since ancient Greece. Art like this became especially popular in the 17th century when Dutch artists like Evert Collier painted objects that appeared real enough to touch. Realism as an artistic movement, however, usually refers to 19th-century French realist artists such as Honoré Daumier exploring social and political issues in biting lithographic prints, while the likes of Gustave Courbet and Jean-François Millet painting people — particularly the working class — with all their imperfections, navigating everyday urban life. This was a response to the dominant academic art tradition that favored grand paintings of myth and history. 

By the turn of the 20th century, European artists, such as the Pre-Raphaelites, were experimenting with nearly photographic realism in their work, as seen in the attention to every botanical attribute of the flowers surrounding the drowned Ophelia painted by English artist John Everett Millais.

Although abstraction was the guiding style of 20th-century art, the realism trend in American modern art endured in Edward Hopper, Andrew Wyeth and other artists’ depictions of the complexities of the human experience. In the late 1960s, Photorealism emerged with artists like Chuck Close and Richard Estes giving their paintings the precision of a frame of film.

Contemporary artists such as Jordan Casteel, LaToya Ruby Frazier and Aliza Nisenbaum are now using the unvarnished realist approach for honest representations of people and their worlds. Alongside traditional mediums, technology such as virtual reality, artificial intelligence and immersive installations are helping artists create new sensations of realism in art.

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Style: Realist
"The Necklace" Oil on board by Telopa
Located in Carmel, CA
Telopa, the father and son of artists, paints women in an elegant Mannerist style that combines classic beauty and mythological, symbolic allegory. A...
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21st Century and Contemporary Realist Paintings

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Board, Oil

Pocket Blue Tit's Egg, Original Painting, Egg , Nature, Still life
Located in Deddington, GB
Pocket Blue Tit's Egg is an original oil painting by Dani Humberstone as part of her Pocket Painting series featuring small scale realistic oil paintings, with a nod to baroque still...
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2010s Realist Paintings

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Oil, Canvas

Dawn On Dartmoor, Original Painting, Skyscape Art, Cloud Art, Affordable Art
Located in Deddington, GB
An original painting by Sophie Berger. New original artwork by artist, Sophie Berger is available with Wychwood Art in their gallery and online. Sophie Berger's recent work has been...
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21st Century and Contemporary Realist Paintings

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Canvas, Oil

"The snake's gaze. Hypnosis" Original Oil Painting by Liliya Volskaya
Located in Zofingen, AG
The paintings are drawn with acrylic on the hardboard (back side made of the double cardboard). Acrylic paints are used to create the painting on canvas animals and ecology. A cruci...
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2010s Realist Paintings

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Canvas, Acrylic, Lacquer

" Puledrino" Olio su tela cm. 40 x 40 2023
Located in Torino, IT
Bellissima opera realista, Puledro marrone Luisa Albert è una magistrale interprete della scuola realista vicino alla pittura fiaminga. Le nature morte e bellissimi animali vengono ...
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2010s Realist Paintings

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Oil

Children Playing in a Farmhouse Flower Garden in the English Countryside
Located in Preston, GB
Children Playing in a Farmhouse Flower Garden in the English Countryside by British Artist, Les Parson Art measures 30 x 20 inches Frame measures 36 x 26 inches This image depicts ...
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1980s Realist Paintings

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Canvas, Oil

CONTEMPORARY Fine Art Landscape Jungle Spanish Artist Carol Moreno
Located in BARCELONA, ES
For artworks with dimensions, they will be shipped rolled in a tube. If you would like them to be strengthened, please contact us so that we can provide you with a shipping quotation...
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2010s Realist Paintings

Materials

Acrylic, Canvas

"Pomegranates and Earthenware" 2013 Sarah Lamb oil painting still life
Located in Sag Harbor, NY
"Pomegranates and Earthenware" is a 2013 Sarah Lamb oil painting still life. Sarah Lamb is a talented and dynamic realist painter. With classical skill—and through transparency, de...
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21st Century and Contemporary Realist Paintings

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Oil, Canvas

View on the Schuylkill River, Philadelphia
Located in Philadelphia, PA
William Henry Lippincott (American, 1849-1920) View on the Schuylkill River Oil on canvas, 6 ½ x 11 inches Framed: 11 1/2 x 16 inches (approx.) Signe...
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Late 19th Century Realist Paintings

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Oil, Canvas

Descent - Hyperrealistic oil painting of rusty directional road sign
Located in East Quogue, NY
Hyperrealist oil painting of an oxidized, rusted metal road sign with orange directional arrow detail by Anthony Adcock. Medium: Oil and 23.5 gold leaf on aluminum. Size: 15 x 10 ...
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2010s Realist Paintings

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Gold Leaf

Roadside - Hyperrealistic landscape oil painting
Located in East Quogue, NY
Hyperrealist oil painting of a lush country landscape with gold arrow by Anthony Adcock. Medium: Oil and gold leaf on aluminum Size: 15 x 10 inches. Anthony Adcock is a superb ex...
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2010s Realist Paintings

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Gold Leaf

Oil Painting of Sailboats in a Harbor
Located in Philadelphia, PA
William Rickarby Miller (American, born England, 1818–1893) Sailboats in a Harbor, 1870 Oil on board, 7 1/2 x 10 inches Framed: 14 x x 16 1/2 inches (approx) Signed and dated at low...
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1870s Realist Paintings

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Oil, Board

Forward - Hyperrealistic oil painting of rusty directional road sign
Located in East Quogue, NY
Hyperrealist oil painting of an oxidized, rusted metal road sign with orange chevron directional arrow detail by Anthony Adcock. Medium: Oil and silver leaf on aluminum Size: 15 x ...
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2010s Realist Paintings

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Gold Leaf

"Get Lucky" Oil Painting 24" x 20 "inch by Dmitriy Krestniy
Located in Culver City, CA
"Get Lucky" Oil Painting 24" x 20 "inch by Dmitriy Krestniy ATTENTION: Painting ships rolled in a tube. A look through Dmitriy’s designs reveals a glamorous, feminine, provocative...
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21st Century and Contemporary Realist Paintings

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Canvas, Oil

CONTEMPORARY Fine Art Landscape Jungle Spanish Artist Carol Moreno
Located in BARCELONA, ES
For artworks with dimensions, they will be shipped rolled in a tube. If you would like them to be strengthened, please contact us so that we can provide you with a shipping quotation...
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2010s Realist Paintings

Materials

Canvas, Acrylic

CONTEMPORARY Fine Art Diptyh Landscape Jungle Spanish Artist Carol Moreno
Located in BARCELONA, ES
The size of each artwork is 140x140 cm. The total size of the diptych is 140x280 cm. For artworks with dimensions, they will be shipped rolled in a tube. If you would like them to b...
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2010s Realist Paintings

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Canvas, Acrylic

'The Belvoir Hunt'
Located in Uppingham, GB
Oil on canvas of the Belvoir Hunt by Tom Carr Thomas James Carr OBE (21 September 1909 – 17 February 1999) was an Irish artist who was associated with the Euston Road School in the ...
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1970s Realist Paintings

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Oil

Oil Painting by Sir Alfred East, RA, RBA (1844 – 1913)
Located in Uppingham, GB
Very large oil on canvas 'Twilight on the River' by Sir Alfred East RA, RBA (1844 – 1913) Signed by the artist. 59" x 82" overall in frame. (Main Photo taken with spotlight) East wa...
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Late 19th Century Realist Paintings

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Oil

Pocket Autumn Collection Autumn leaf #3 [2024], Baroque Still Life, Small art
Located in Deddington, GB
Pocket Autumn Leaf Collection (Pinky Ochre) is an original oil painting by Dani Humberstone as part of her Pocket Painting series featuring small scale realistic oil paintings, with ...
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2010s Realist Paintings

Materials

Canvas, Oil

Landscape with a willow. 1964, oil on cardboard, 48x67 cm
Located in Riga, LV
A. Zviedris was a member of the Latvian Artists’ Union since 1945 and had more than 50 solo exhibitions in Latvia. He travelled extensively by yacht around Scandinavia and Western Eu...
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1960s Realist Paintings

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Cardboard, Oil

Marlon Brando Oil on Canvas by Christina Major
Located in West Palm Beach, FL
Quotes within painting: "All I want to be is normally insane. Never surrender to the momentum of mediocrity. Only the one who walks his own way can’t be over taken. I watched a snail...
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2010s Realist Paintings

Materials

Oil

Antique Dog Painting: "Hunting Dogs at the Kennel, 1901" Jules-Bertrand Gélibert
Located in SANTA FE, NM
Antique Dog Painting: "Hunting Dogs at the Kennel, 1901" Jules-Bertrand Gélibert (France, 1834-1916 Oil on canvas Signed lower left 24 x 19 inches, frame Jules-Bertrand Gélibert w...
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Early 1900s Realist Paintings

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Oil, Canvas

Grace Oil on Canvas by Christina Major
Located in West Palm Beach, FL
Quotes within painting: " As an undergraduate Christina Major developed into a portrait painter. Major has been interested in the ways the identity of both artist and subject can c...
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2010s Realist Paintings

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Oil

Halmstad Harbour Seen From the North, 1889
Located in Stockholm, SE
The painting "Halmstad Harbour Seen From the North" by Oscar Ohlson is a captivating snapshot of daily life and historical architecture, frozen in time from the year 1889. With a meticulous eye for detail, Ohlson has rendered approximately 25 boats in the harbor, each brimming with the quiet bustle of daily chores. The painting invites viewers to step into a moment where people converse, work, and seek respite from the sun under shared umbrellas, while wisps of smoke subtly rise from several boats, suggesting the presence of life and activity beyond the canvas. In this vibrant scene, a man carries a sack, perhaps fresh merchandise from one of the docked vessels, while others engage in conversation, highlighting the social tapestry of the harbor. Ohlson's masterful use of light reflects on the water, creating a shimmering path that leads the eye to the majestic Halmstad Castle, which adorns the right side of the painting. This historic building, beautifully situated by the Nissan river and not far from the sea, is a testament to Halmstad's past as a Danish territory. Constructed in the early 17th century during the reign of King Christian IV, the castle stands as a reminder of the town's rich history and cultural heritage. The first building to the right, once part of this historic tableau, has been removed to accommodate modern necessities, replaced by a road that now runs through its former site. This juxtaposition of past and present is a poignant commentary on the evolution of cities and the sacrifices made in the name of progress. Halmstad itself, a town that straddles the Nissan river, retains much of its early 20th-century character in its city core. Low brick and half-timbered houses, some dating back to the 17th century, dot the landscape. The town center on the west side of Nissan is bordered by remnants of early 17th-century fortifications, including the 1600s castle, Norre Port from 1601, and King Charles XI's path along the old fortress wall. At the heart of the town is Stora Torg with Carl Milles' Europa and the Bull fountain from 1926, and the town hall built in 1938. The city layout, influenced by Renaissance planning, converges at Stora Torg, which is also home to the town's sole medieval building, the brick hall church of St. Nikolai from the 14th century. Oscar Ohlson (1847-1912), a native of Linneryd, Småland, was a multifaceted individual. Beginning his career with a legal degree from Uppsala University in 1870, Ohlson's passion for the arts led him to pursue music studies before dedicating himself to art under the guidance of Alfred Wahlberg...
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1880s Realist Paintings

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Canvas, Oil

"Banana Flower" Oil Painting D 39" inch by Sasha Sokolova
Located in Culver City, CA
"Banana Flower" Oil Painting D 39" inch by Sasha Sokolova Bio Born in Moscow into a family of artists, Sasha Sokolova is an award winning contemporary realist painter, working acro...
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21st Century and Contemporary Realist Paintings

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Canvas, Oil

"Sitting" figuratif nude acrylic on linen canvas 60x60cm 2010
Located in Roscoff, FR
figuratif "Sitting" acrylic on linen canvas 60x60cm nude 2010 the beauty of the body in opposition to violence.
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2010s Realist Paintings

Materials

Acrylic

"Splash 6" Oil Painting 55" x 33" inch by Sasha Sokolova
Located in Culver City, CA
"Splash 6" Oil Painting 55" x 33" inch by Sasha Sokolova SPLASH This series is about those sunny summer days in my dacha (country house) in a small village outside of Moscow, captur...
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21st Century and Contemporary Realist Paintings

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Oil, Canvas

Group of Five 19th Century Views of Hong Kong and Singapore
Located in Philadelphia, PA
Charles Lewis Fussell (American, 1840–1909) These five undated, small grisaille illustrations of daily life in Hong Kong and Singapore are styli...
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1890s Realist Paintings

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Oil, Canvas

Installation of the Liberty Bell at Independence Hall, Philadelphia
Located in Philadelphia, PA
Louis Roberts Dougherty (American, 1876-1948) Installation of the Liberty Bell at Independence Hall in 1754, c. 1915 Oil on canvas, 34 1/2 x 24 3/4 inches; Framed: 43 1/2 x 33 3/4 i...
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Early 20th Century Realist Paintings

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Canvas, Oil

Oil Painting of Family Picnic by the River with Horse & Dog by British Artist
Located in Preston, GB
Gudrun Sibbons (1925- ) German-born British Artist. Oil Painting of Family Picnic by the River with Horse & Dog. Oil on Board, Signed. Framed in a high ...
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Mid-20th Century Realist Paintings

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Canvas, Oil

Painting of Idyllic River Scene On the Lagan in Ireland by Modern Irish Artist
Located in Preston, GB
Painting of Idyllic River Scene On the Lagan in Ireland by Modern Irish Artist William Henry Burns (1924-1995) Art measures 24 x 18 inches Frame measures...
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20th Century Realist Paintings

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Canvas, Cotton Canvas, Oil

"Witchcraft" Oil Painting 59" x 47" inch by Dmitriy Krestniy
Located in Culver City, CA
"Witchcraft" Oil Painting 59" x 47" inch by Dmitriy Krestniy ATTENTION: Painting ships rolled in a tube. A look through Dmitriy’s designs reveals a glamorous, feminine, provocative yet sensual style influenced by his natural Ukrainian exuberance. He understands and respects the art’s body which continuously is at the center of his paintings. His preference goes by drawing with pastels, oil and charcoal to create innovative paintings among which are such style as photorealism where the artist writes such paintings as the pictorial art...
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21st Century and Contemporary Realist Paintings

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Oil, Canvas

"Vintage" Oil Painting 39" x 39 "inch by Dmitriy Krestniy
Located in Culver City, CA
"Vintage" Oil Painting 39" x 39 "inch by Dmitriy Krestniy 2020 ATTENTION: Painting ships rolled in a tube. A look through Dmitriy’s designs reveals...
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21st Century and Contemporary Realist Paintings

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Oil, Canvas

"I had a dream last night" Oil Painting 24" x 28 "inch by Dmitriy Krestniy
Located in Culver City, CA
"I had a dream last night" Oil Painting 24" x 28 "inch by Dmitriy Krestniy 2007 Comes in a custom frame Size with frame: 26" x 30" A look through Dmi...
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21st Century and Contemporary Realist Paintings

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Oil, Canvas

"Ann" Hyperrealism Oil Painting 59" x 47" inch by Dmitriy Krestniy
Located in Culver City, CA
"Ann" Hyperrealism Oil Painting 59" x 47" inch by Dmitriy Krestniy ATTENTION: Painting ships rolled in a tube. A look through Dmitriy’s designs reveals a glamorous, feminine, provocative yet sensual style influenced by his natural Ukrainian exuberance. He understands and respects the art’s body which continuously is at the center of his paintings. His preference goes by drawing with pastels, oil and charcoal to create innovative paintings among which are such style as photorealism where the artist writes such paintings as the pictorial art...
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21st Century and Contemporary Realist Paintings

Materials

Canvas, Oil

pocket dark blue sloes, Baroque Still Life Painting, Small Art, Fruit Art
Located in Deddington, GB
Pocket Dark Blue Sloes is an original still-life painting by artist Dani Humberstone. This painting is a small scale renaissance inspired still life in a photorealistic style and sol...
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2010s Realist Paintings

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Canvas, Oil

Landscape
Located in Geneva, CH
Unknown artist of the 19th century. Landscape painted on canvas. Gilded wood frame 73 x 91 x 5,5 cm
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1950s Realist Paintings

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Oil

Racing Horses
Located in Clinton Township, MI
Kentucky Derby lovers---this is for you! Horse racing whether it the the Belmont or the Preakness--decorate for your home party with this moving oil painting rendition of racing ho...
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Late 20th Century Realist Paintings

Materials

Oil

Pocket Ripe Red Pomegranate, Baroque Still Life, fruit
Located in Deddington, GB
Pocket Ripe Red Pomegranate is an original oil painting by Dani Humberstone as part of her Pocket Painting series featuring small scale realistic oil paintings, with a nod to baroque...
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2010s Realist Paintings

Materials

Canvas, Oil

"Right" Oil Painting
Located in Denver, CO
Mia Bergeron's (US based) "Right" is an original, handmade oil painting that depicts a close up realistic human nipple. Mia Bergeron's interest in art was cultivated early on, begi...
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2010s Realist Paintings

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Oil

Quadtych of Pocket Selection: 2 Tulips, Strawberry and Bumble bee, Floral Nature
Located in Deddington, GB
A quadtych of 4 original paintings all created in 2024 by Dani Humberstone. £199 each. When placed directly beside one another in square formation: 30 H x 30 W x 3 D cm (11.81 x 11....
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2010s Realist Paintings

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Oil, Canvas

Pocket Mauve Anemone, Original Painting, Flower, Black
Located in Deddington, GB
Pocket Anemone is an original oil painting by Dani Humberstone as part of her Pocket Painting series featuring small scale realistic oil paintings, with a nod to baroque still life p...
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2010s Realist Paintings

Materials

Oil, Canvas

Pocket Blackbird's Egg (c), Original Painting, Bird, Nature, Egg, Blue
Located in Deddington, GB
Pocket Blackbird's Egg (c) is an original oil painting by Dani Humberstone as part of her Pocket Painting series featuring small scale realistic oil paintings, with a nod to baroque ...
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2010s Realist Paintings

Materials

Canvas, Oil

CONTEMPORARY Fine Art Landscape Jungle Spanish Artist Carol Moreno
Located in BARCELONA, ES
Carol Moreno Lara, artistic self-taught painter. Born in Barcelona. Proposal; Embellishes unique and personal spaces through artistic painting. A feisty woman who honors his personal...
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2010s Realist Paintings

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Canvas, Acrylic

Aerie, Original Painting
Located in San Francisco, CA

Artist Comments
The artwork offers a perspective from the eagle's nest perched high above, situated among the towering pines that cling to rocky outcroppings and overlook the v...

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21st Century and Contemporary Realist Paintings

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Acrylic

Carlton Canyon, 1, Original Painting
Located in San Francisco, CA

Artist Comments
In the remote high desert where Oregon and Idaho meet lies the Owyhee Canyonlands. This deep, rugged, and beautiful area is home to wild horses, mountain lions,...

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21st Century and Contemporary Realist Paintings

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Acrylic

Carlton Canyon, 2, Original Painting
Located in San Francisco, CA

Artist Comments
The Owyhee Canyonlands sit at the border of Oregon and Idaho. This habitat is home to wild horses, mountain lions, and rattlesnakes. The scene depicts one of it...

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21st Century and Contemporary Realist Paintings

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Acrylic

Micro, Original Painting
Located in San Francisco, CA

Artist Comments
The Salmon River runs through a wilderness in the most remote area of the contiguous United States. A close-up perspective reveals moss growing on the rocks, ad...

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21st Century and Contemporary Realist Paintings

Materials

Acrylic

Porter Creek Falls, 1, Original Painting
Located in San Francisco, CA

Artist Comments
Porter Creek runs under a high canopy of conifers. Quintessential to the Pacific Northwest, it is wet and green, with flora growing from every crevice. In a sho...

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21st Century and Contemporary Realist Paintings

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Acrylic

Porter Creek Falls, 3, Original Painting
Located in San Francisco, CA

Artist Comments
In western Washington between Mt. Rainier and the Pacific Ocean, Porter Creek flows under a high canopy of conifers, winding through the hills and ferns. In a s...

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21st Century and Contemporary Realist Paintings

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Acrylic

Porter Creek Falls, 4, Original Painting
Located in San Francisco, CA

Artist Comments
Under the dense canopy of conifers, with lush green flora filling every crevice, Porter Creek flows through the wilderness. In a short series of four paintings,...

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21st Century and Contemporary Realist Paintings

Materials

Acrylic

Salmon River Vista, Original Painting
Located in San Francisco, CA

Artist Comments
The Salmon River flows through the wilderness in one of the most remote areas of the lower 48 United States. Its waters start as snowmelt from the highest mount...

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21st Century and Contemporary Realist Paintings

Materials

Acrylic

Snake River Canyon, Original Painting
Located in San Francisco, CA

Artist Comments
The Bonneville Flood shaped the Snake River Canyon during the last ice age, leaving a deep chasm and boulder fields. Among the rocks, the water calmly mirrors t...

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21st Century and Contemporary Realist Paintings

Materials

Acrylic

"Stillness" - Oil Painting of Nude Female Figure by Matt Talbert
Located in Denver, CO
Matt Talbert's "Stillness" (2024) is an oil painting on linen, measuring 21 x 14 inches (53.34 x 35.56 cm). The unframed artwork features a nude female figure seated beside a window,...
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2010s Realist Paintings

Materials

Panel, Oil

Aspen Aviary
Located in Colorado Springs, US
One of a kind, original oil painting on canvas by Sarah Woods. Signed lower left. Framed Dimensions: 50.25 X 14.25
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21st Century and Contemporary Realist Paintings

Materials

Oil

Still Life of Martini glass with grapes - oil/panel - Spanish Realist Artist
By Marisa Mallol
Located in Rancho Santa Fe, CA
Marisa Mallol was born in Alcoy, Alicante, Spain in 1942. At the age of thirteen, Mallol began her first studies of painting at La Escuela de Artes y Oficios in Alcoy. After completi...
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Early 2000s Realist Paintings

Materials

Oil, Wood Panel

Pocket Quail Egg (c), Original Painting, Egg, Nature
Located in Deddington, GB
Pocket Quail Egg (c) is an original oil painting by Dani Humberstone as part of her Pocket Painting series featuring small scale realistic oil paintings, with a nod to baroque still ...
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2010s Realist Paintings

Materials

Oil, Canvas

Pocket Very Ripe Strawberry, Original Painting, Baroque still life, Fruit, Food
Located in Deddington, GB
Pocket Very Ripe Strawberry is an original oil painting by Dani Humberstone as part of her Pocket Painting series featuring small scale realistic oil paintings, with a nod to baroque...
Category

2010s Realist Paintings

Materials

Canvas, Oil

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Find a wide variety of authentic Realist paintings available for sale on 1stDibs. Works in this style were very popular during the 21st Century and Contemporary, but contemporary artists have continued to produce works inspired by this movement. If you’re looking to add paintings created in this style to introduce contrast in an otherwise neutral space in your home, the works available on 1stDibs include elements of blue, purple, orange, red and other colors. Many Pop art paintings were created by popular artists on 1stDibs, including Michael Budden, Su Yu, Olga Antonova, and Mark Hunter. Frequently made by artists working with Paint, and Oil Paint and other materials, all of these pieces for sale are unique and have attracted attention over the years. Not every interior allows for large Realist paintings, so small editions measuring 0.5 inches across are also available.

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