This is portrait of Virginie Ammelie Avegno Gautreau She was known in Paris for two things: her extraordinary beauty and her rumored infidelity. John Sargent had painted her beauty. (Image courtesy Wikimedia Commons)
The artists painting under the style of realism initially were from
The Realism in Art
Visual arts are the play of aesthetics. So the aesthetics showing that would promote only the depiction of accurate visuals of objects before the eyes of viewers would be called a realist piece of art. The realistic artists would not involve themselves into imaginative idealization. He or she would limit the observation of objects in respect of their outward appearances only.
These realists would not miss infusing a message in painting, too. Coupled with an honest depiction of the scene before their eyes, they would try injecting a message for the viewers. Such an art of messaging would demand much intellect from the artists, too. They need equipping themselves to understand how to choose subjects which would help the communication of reality of moment. The artists like John Singer Sargent and Edward Manet were good at painting such reality. Landscape painters like Caspar David Friedrich would unfailingly inject a message in his paintings.