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Music Term: Naturalism

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A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z 1-9

Naturalism


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A style in which an artist intends to represent a subject as it appears in the natural world ? precisely and objectivly ? as opposed to being represented in a stylized or intellectually manipulated manner. Although naturalism is often used interchangeably with the term realism, there is a difference between them. The realism of Gustave Courbet (French, 1819-1877) is more interested in the honest depiction of unpretentious subjects, while the naturalism of Ernest Meissonier (French, 1815-1891) is more a visually accurate depiction of subjects which in other hands might well have been depicted pretentiously.


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