Visual Art

Realism evolved in the midst of the Industrial Revolution. Life wasn’t always pretty or happy. It could be downright dull, if not depressing. Artists looked to the working class and people performing everyday, often boring, tasks as subjects for their artwork. Paintings broke the accepted compositional rules, cutting people off at the edges of the... Read More

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Tennessee Williams

In class, there were two aspects of Williams’ work that required further discussion. The first was his ability to combine realism and expressionism. The second was his use of Freudian psychoanalysis to create his characters.

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Music

Realism in the arts applied more to visual arts and theatre than to any musical style. It is the depiction of subjects as they appear in everyday life, without embellishment or interpretation. In the spirit of nationalism, many composers used the melodies from common folk tunes and dances in their formal compositions. Some operas were... Read More

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Folk and Social Dance

In the early 1800s, America was still a very young nation, largely being explored and settled by pioneers. Dance as artistic expression was not practical under these conditions. People did not have leisure time or money to spend on cultivating dance as an artistic form. Therefore, dance as a means of social interaction became extremely... Read More

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Drama/Theatre

In the mid-nineteenth century, there was a revolt against the romanticism and melodrama in play productions. Writers emerged creating plays with more natural speech and realistic situations, mirroring real life. These playwrights also raised questions about social and economic problems of the lower and middles classes that existed at the time. One big change in... Read More

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Realism (1820–1920)

Realism seeks the truth. Artists found beauty in the commonplace. They focused on the Industrial Revolution and the conditions of the working class. [wpfilebase tag=file id=12 /]

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