Since the ancient Greeks, realism has been aspired by Western art lovers, but during the late 1960s and '70s the popularity of highly-realistic paintings reached its peak. Thus, Photorealism and Hyperrealism were born. These genres are still popular, and some artists master their technique so successfully that it becomes hard to tell a painting from a photograph. Bored Panda collected some of the best examples of this work and made this stunning list for you to enjoy.


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However, although often mixed, Photorealism differs from Hyperrealism in a couple of ways. Photorealists aim to reproduce an image using a different medium and distance themselves from adding emotion and intent into their work, while hyperrealists want to insert narration and feelings into their work. The latter movement has its roots in the philosophy of Jean Baudrillard, "the simulation of something which never really existed."

#1 Oil Painting By Nathan Walsh

Oil Painting By Nathan Walsh

Nathan Walsh Report

Lorraine 2 weeks ago

I'm speechless.

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#2 Pencil Drawing By Diego Fazio

Pencil Drawing By Diego Fazio

Diego Fazio Report

Hi Ting 2 weeks ago

I would have taken it as a photograph if I didn't know this is a drawing

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#3 Oil Painting By Yigal Ozeri

Oil Painting By Yigal Ozeri

Yigal Ozeri Report

Fatemeh 2 weeks ago

If this is a painting,then we must have lived in a painting all this time and we didn't know it.

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#4 Oil Paintings By Dennis Wojtkiewicz

Oil Paintings By Dennis Wojtkiewicz

Dennis Wojtkiewicz Report

#5 Oil Painting By Oda And Kit King

Oil Painting By Oda And Kit King

Oda and Kit King Report

Rana 2 weeks ago

is it really a painting ????

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#6 Soft Pastel Finger Drawing By Zaria Forman

Soft Pastel Finger Drawing By Zaria Forman

Zaria Forman Report

Notchimine Mette 2 weeks ago

She has pastel dust in her hair :)

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#7 Charcoal And Graphite Drawing By Emanuele Dascanio

Charcoal And Graphite Drawing By Emanuele Dascanio

Emanuele Dascanio Report

Lorraine 2 weeks ago

Amazing! So realistic!

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#8 Oil Paintings By Robin Eley

Oil Paintings By Robin Eley

Robin Eley Report

AathiraSunil 2 weeks ago

YOU. GOTTA . BE KIDDING. ME.

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#9 Oil On Canvas By Young-sung Kim

Oil On Canvas By Young-sung Kim

Young-Sung Kim Report

Natasha Forchione 2 weeks ago

Amazing! Bravo!!

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#10 Oil Paintings By Luciano Ventrone

Oil Paintings By Luciano Ventrone

Luciano Ventrone Report

Yvonne Bernal 2 weeks ago

I would have preferred fruit that was a little riper. lol - I just finished eating fruit for breakfast. Too hilarious.

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#11 Oil Painting By Young-sung Kim

Oil Painting By Young-sung Kim

Young-sung Kim Report

-- 2 weeks ago

this is gold

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#12 Pencil Drawing By Diego Fazio

Pencil Drawing By Diego Fazio

Diego Fazio Report

Fatemeh 2 weeks ago

Pencil???you gotta be kidding me.

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#13 Charcoal And Graphite Drawing By Emanuele Dascanio

Charcoal And Graphite Drawing By Emanuele Dascanio

Emanuele Dascanio Report

LauRa Morgan 2 weeks ago

That hair and beard must have taken forever!

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#14 Paintings On Board Of Wood By Ivan Hoo

Paintings On Board Of Wood By Ivan Hoo

Ivan Hoo Report

Pi... 2 weeks ago

This is all too much to take in, with each piece being so unique n beautiful!

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#15 Oil Painting By Mike Dargas

Oil Painting By Mike Dargas

Mike Dargas Report

-- 2 weeks ago

you can tell from the hairline

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