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From Italian term 'verismo', meaning realism in its sense of gritty subject matter

Meredith Frampton, ‘Portrait of a Young Woman’ 1935
Meredith Frampton
Portrait of a Young Woman 1935
© Tate

Was originally applied around 1900 to the violent melodramatic operas of Puccini and Mascagni. In painting it has also has come to mean realism in its modern sense of representing objects with a high degree of truth to appearances.

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Naturalism was a broad movement in the nineteenth century which represented things closer to the way we see them

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