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A style of painting that resembles photography in its meticulous attention to realistic detail.

pho′to·re′al·ist adj. & n.
pho′to·re′al·is′tic adj.


(Art Terms) a style of painting and sculpture that depicts esp commonplace urban images with meticulously accurate detail
ˌphotoˈrealist n, adj


(ˌfoʊ toʊˈri əˌlɪz əm)

n. (sometimes cap.)
a style of painting depicting scenes in meticulously realistic detail, in emulation of photography.
pho′to•re′al•ist, n., adj.
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He took his place amongst American Photorealists, featuring in group shows with others including Chuck Close, Richard Estes, Robert Bechtle and Ralph Goings.
DISC'S entry features the images of eight of the world's master photorealists.
Because Ivan Karp had taken my slides all over America and at the end of the year there was 100 photorealists.
learn about and discuss the artwork of Chuck Close, and become aware of photorealists within art history.
Photorealists, many of them influenced by Estes, painted varied images, portraits as well as landscapes, in exquisite detail.
Elaborating the processes of the first-generation Photorealists from whom her approach descends, New Yorker Judith Eisler has found room to work in this territory of generative recapitulation, in the razor-thin spaces between the "original" and the faithful copy.
In 1970, Robert Hughes did a piece called "The Realist as Corn God," which featured this group of painters, plus painters who were a bit off in the direction of photography, although I wouldn't call either of them photorealists.
Perceptual" realism, in contrast, is based more on sight and light, as was the art of Vermeer as well as the art of the photorealists.
Photorealism was over, and the fact that he had been making these paintings before some of our photorealists had even gotten out of art school didn't really register with anybody.