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Academic Realism

Academic Realism is a style that is a naturalistic representation of the object rather than conceptual art based on an idea. It is greatly influenced by the European academies of art. In India, it developed in the mid-19th century when art schools took initiative in training craftsmen with the aim of teaching fine arts rather than Industrial arts. Pastonji Bomanjee and Raja Ravi Varma were one of the earliest artists to practise academic realism.


Pestonji Bomanjee, At Rest, Late 19th Century - Early 20th Century, oil on cardboard, 8.07x12.01 in, National Gallery Of Modern Art (NGMA), New Delhi