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Photorealism as a movement emerged in the United States in the late 1960s and early 1970s to describe paintings that relied on creating photographic replicas based on actual photographs. The term was coined in 1969 by art dealer and patron Louis K. Meisel. This movement was likened to Pop Art as its sensibility referred to a chivalrous lack of idiosyncratic artistic touch and set out to recreate the real as it appeared, without any added vigour or dynamism especially at a time when abstraction was revered. These paintings required high skill and precision to bring out an exacting clarity. Now with abundant new technology, photographs are increasingly being transferred in newer ways onto canvas to produce photorealist works. Photorealism is sometimes referred to as Hyperrealism or Super-Realism or New Realism.


Further Reading

Photorealism series by Louis K. Meisel

Elayaraja, photorealistic artworks