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The Best Realist, Ultra-Realistic and Photo-Realistic Art

compiled by Michael R. Burch

By "best" I mean the best works of art that I have seen, experienced and been moved by myself. I don't find pictures of salt shakers and ketchup bottles particularly moving, so you won't find them here. Nor do I claim to have seen anything more than a small fraction of the art that's out there, so if I have left deserving artists out, which I'm sure I have, please chalk it up to the fact that I have to work, sleep, etc. These are just my personal favorites, really, but I imagine other people may find them as attractive and moving as I have. Also, I find the correspondences between the newer and older masterpieces fascinating, and suspect that you may also ...

Rob Hefferan

Marc-Charles-Gabriel Gleyre [1806-1874] Le Coucher de Sappho

Gloria Vanderbilt

David Jon Kassan

Sir Edward Poynter [1836-1919] Portrait of Lillie Langtry

Wayne Forrest

Thanks to Boom929 Stock for the fantastic image.

Gustave Courbet [1819-1877] Jo, the Beautiful Irishwoman

Juan Francisco Casas Ruiz

Frank Dicksee [1853-1928 ] Portrait of a Lady

Raphael [1483-1520] Joanna of Aragon

Joanna of Aragon

Halim Ghodbane

William-Adolphe Bouguereau [1825-1905] La Frileuse

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Alyssa Monks

William-Adolphe Bouguereau [1825-1905] The Wave

File:William-Adolphe Bouguereau (1825-1905) - The Wave (1896).jpg

Graydon Parrish Remorse, Despondence, and Acceptance of an Early Death (an allegory on the AIDS epidemic)

Michelangelo [1475-1564] the first Realist? The Pietà and David

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Caravaggio [1571-1610] Judith Beheading Holofernes

File:Caravaggio Judith Beheading Holofernes.jpg

Yigal Ozeri


Charles-Amable Lenoir [1860–1926] Le Calme

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Robert Hale Ives Gammell [1893–1981] Jane

Graydon Parrish Woman Looking to Her Right

Richard Estes


Claude Monet [1840-1926] Cathedrale de Rouen

Mark Tansey Forward Retreat

Jean-François Millet [1814-1875] Harvesters Resting

William-Adolphe Bouguereau [1825-1905] Nymphs and Satyr

Eric Zenner


John Singer Sargent [1856-1925] Carnation Lily Lily Rose

File:Carnation Lily Lily Rose John Singer Sargent.jpg

William Paxton [1869-1941] The Figurine

File:The Figurine by W. Paxton - 1921.jpg

Richard Lack [1928-2009] Homage to Paxton

Homage to Paxton

Jean-Léon Gérôme [1824-1904] Bonaparte Before the Sphinx

Jacques-Louis David [1748-1825] The Death of Marat

File:Death of Marat by David.jpg

Rembrandt Harmenszoon van Rijn [1606- 1669] The Mill

File:The Mill-1645 1648-Rembrandt van Rijn.jpg

DaVinci [1452-1519] The Virgin and Child with Saint Anne and Saint John the Baptist and Head of a Woman

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Gustave Courbet [1819-1877] Self Portrait

William Blake [1757-1827] 
Self Portrait

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