Venus and Adonis

Realism in American Literature

The history of the world culture has provided us with a great number of art movements that reflect particular trends and views of certain epochs. Today there are more than twenty art movements in culture that have their own peculiarities and convey certain ideas to modern people. Due to the Internet that offers different web sites, devoted to various trends, we are able to find more information on this topic.
The web site “Realism in American Literature, 1860-1890” ( gives the main characteristics of realism in American literature, the information on the main authors who practiced realism and offers different views of writers and linguists on realism and its role in American literature in 1860 – 1890. On the other hand, the web site “Realism (1850-1880)” ( characterizes the main trends of realism in painting. It gives the brief history of the development of this style, its definition, presents the works of different representatives of realism of different countries. The classification of Realism schools of painting and their description is of particular interest on this site. At the same time, you can find some extra links to other useful web sites concerning Realism.
The authors of the web site “Impressionism (1874-1886)” ( impressionism - another art movement that took place at once after Realism. The site provides the information about the history of the appearance of this trend, shows the connection of Realism and Impressionism and tells about the first “impressionist exhibition” held in 1874 in Paris.
In addition, the next site “Examples of artworks by American Impressionist painters” ( offers a rich diversity of works of the most prominent American artists who adhered to this trend. Here we find works by Childe Hassam, Albert Henry Krehbiel and Mary Cassatt. It was especially interesting to learn that there was a group of American painters that was known as the American Ten. They were the artists from New York and Boston who always exhibited together. Here we can also find their most famous works.
The web site “The Cubist Rupture” ( is devoted to Cubism and its achievements in the development of art. “An exceptional achievement of Cubism was the introduction of the collage to the painting. In this way, painting was not an illusionist art anymore…”( The site gives the information on various types of Cubism, its schools and the most influential representatives, such as Pablo Picasso. The article is rich in interesting opinions about Cubism: “it supposed the fourth dimension (time), as it synthesized a series of views from different angles.”( The site helps to understand better all the peculiarities of this trend and offers a variety of examples of Cubist painters and their works.
Another bright and strong art movement, Fauvism, is characterized on the site “Fauvism. The Wild Beasts of Early Twentieth Century Art” ( ). Created by Stephen Sander, it gives general information about this rather unknown trend. “Today fauvism, once thought of as a minor, short-lived, movement, is recognized as having paved the way to both cubism and modern expressionism in its disregard for natural forms and its love of unbridled color.” ( )In order to learn more about one of the most prominent modern Fauvism artist you should visit the site “Maryse Casol, Modern Art – Fauvism” ( that helps us to get acquainted with her creative work.
The XX century gave the humanity the movement Abstraction that had impact on all spheres of art. To find more about it you should visit the web site “Abstraction in the Twentieth Century”( characterizes the manifestation of Abstraction in sculpture, music, theatre, photography, film and dance and gives detailed information on all the peculiarities of the development of this trend. The web site “Abstract Artists Painters” ( can be the continuation of the acquaintance with this topic as it abounds with reproductions of abstract canvases that can be bright illustrations to the theoretical information about abstraction.
Trying to find some information on Dada, I came across the web site “International Dada Archive” ( It offers the access to the International Dada Archive and covers numerous editions (books and periodicals) concerning this movement and the major Dadaists. The site Dada ( contains a detailed and interesting description of the process of appearance of the term “Dada” and mentions the name of the predecessor and finally the leader of this movement Marcel Duchamp. Detailed information can be found on the site “The Essential Dada”
The above discussed art movement Dadaism engendered the surrealistic style. It developed in the XX century and first appeared in Europe. “The movement represented a reaction against what its members saw as the destruction wrought by the “rationalism” that had guided European culture and politics in the past and had culminated in the horrors of World War I.” ( This web site provides information on the history of the movement, its development and the most prominent artists. The web site is an inexhaustible source of information for those who are interested in surrealism as there you can find biographies of all outstanding surrealists such as Giorgio de Chirico, Man Ray and, of course, Salvador Dali; the glossary, containing wide-spread terms and the chronology of the development of surrealism.
There are all grounds to state that Abstract Expressionism dawned in America in the beginning of the XX century. In the framework of this movement, there even existed ‘American Type Painting’ used by Greenberg. Further information on the topic can be found on the web site, where the information on the major representatives is also given. If you would like to continue the studying of this art trend, you can also profit by the list of other available sources on the topic. The site explains the difference between Action Painting and Color Field Painting and gives the main characteristic of Abstract Expressionism: “Most abstract expressionist art is not a painting of an object or image, but instead a study in color and brush stroke”
The sites and aim at presenting the major artists, working in pop art, such as Jasper Johns, David Hockney, Claes Oldenburg, Roy Lichtenstein, Tom Wesselmann and others. They give the possibility to get acquainted with the latest works of this trend and keep abreast in the development of this art movement.
The web site presents an original project of Sam Bower that is aimed at the promotion of the environmental movement and encouraging people to create environmental art. The project is called and due to the Internet, it became popular and thus contributed much to the development of the trend as well. To understand better what environmental art is you should visit the site “Sculptures and Art from the air” ( that is devoted to a modern representative of this movement Andrew Rogers and is, in fact, a gallery of his works. The motto of his work is “The challenge is always to use materials in a new and different way, and make them convey meaning and portray form in a manner that has not previously been seen”. (
Thus, within this paper I tried to list the most interesting and informative Internet links that can help you to learn more about different art movements that appeared in the history of art at different times, from the XIX century up to nowadays.