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.

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 years 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 years 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 years 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

Aleksandra Kozłowska 2 years ago

Woooow

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#5 Oil Painting By Oda And Kit King

Oil Painting By Oda And Kit King

Oda and Kit King Report

Rana 2 years 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 years 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 years ago

Amazing! So realistic!

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#8 Oil Paintings By Robin Eley

Oil Paintings By Robin Eley

Robin Eley Report

AathiraSunil 2 years 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 years ago

Amazing! Bravo!!

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#10 Oil Paintings By Luciano Ventrone

Oil Paintings By Luciano Ventrone

Luciano Ventrone Report

Yvonne Bernal 2 years 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 years ago

this is gold

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#12 Pencil Drawing By Diego Fazio

Pencil Drawing By Diego Fazio

Diego Fazio Report

Fatemeh 2 years 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 years 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 years 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 years ago

you can tell from the hairline

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#16 Oil Painting By Pitoh

Oil Painting By Pitoh

pitohdark Report

Jewel Farmer 2 years ago

Wow.....

#17 Pastel Painting By Rubén Belloso Adorna

Pastel Painting By Rubén Belloso Adorna

Rubén Belloso Adorna Report

olemann77 2 years ago

hows it even possible

#18 Finger Painting By Kyle Lambert

Finger Painting By Kyle Lambert

Kyle Lambert Report

#19 Oil Painting By Omar Ortiz

Oil Painting By Omar Ortiz

Omar Ortiz Report

-- 2 years ago

wow so big

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#20 Oil Painting By Reisha Perlmutter

Oil Painting By Reisha Perlmutter

Reisha Perlmutter Report

Barbara Jones 2 years ago

Water is amazingly hard to draw/paint. This work is awesome!

#21 Acrylic Painting By Jason De Graaf

Acrylic Painting By Jason De Graaf

Jason de Graaf Report

Molly 2 years ago

This is so insane. The reflections and shadows are amazing.

#22 Colored Pencil Eye By Jose Vergara

Colored Pencil Eye By Jose Vergara

Jose Vergara Report

-- 2 years ago

and it ain't even paint

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#23 Oil Paintings By Gregory Thielker

Oil Paintings By Gregory Thielker

Gregory Thielker Report

Isaac Joe (Joe) 2 years ago

You can buy this painting...or you can go for a drive in the rain :)

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#24 Pencil Drawings By Paul Lung

Pencil Drawings By Paul Lung

Paul Lung Report

rai mei 2 years ago

leftie? all the lefties i know are great at art

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#25 Oil Painting By Scott Fraser

Oil Painting By Scott Fraser

Scott Fraser Report

Barbara Jones 2 years ago

Visually amazing and funny, too.

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#26 Ballpoint Pen Drawing By Samuel Silva

Ballpoint Pen Drawing By Samuel Silva

Samuel Silva Report

Titus Overway 2 years ago

How the hell do you do this with a pen

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#27 Pencil Drawing By Franco Clun

Pencil Drawing By Franco Clun

Franco Clun Report

Roselientje 2 years ago

Awesome!

#28 Oil Painting By Oda And Kit King

Oil Painting By Oda And Kit King

Oda and Kit King Report

Meredith 2 years ago

Fascinating, but pretty gross. That eye is insanely bloodshot. Absolutely beautiful work, though.

#29 Oil Painting By Alyssa Monks

Oil Painting By Alyssa Monks

Alyssa Monks Report

Roselientje 2 years ago

Funny one!

#30 Acrylic Painting By Jason De Graaf

Acrylic Painting By Jason De Graaf

Jason de Graaf Report

#31 Oil Painting By Yigal Ozeri

Oil Painting By Yigal Ozeri

Yigal Ozeri Report

Roselientje 2 years ago

Wow!

#32 Oil Painting By Mike Dargas

Oil Painting By Mike Dargas

Mike Dargas Report

#33 Pencil Drawing By 16-Year-Old Artist Shania Mcdonagh

Pencil Drawing By 16-Year-Old Artist Shania Mcdonagh

Shania McDonagh Report

Sarah Lennie 2 years ago

Genius

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#34 Enamel On Metal Painting By Marilyn Minter

Enamel On Metal Painting By Marilyn Minter

Marilyn Minter Report

#35 Oil Painting By Adele Renault

Oil Painting By Adele Renault

Adele Renault Report

#36 Acrylic Painting By Jason De Graaf

Acrylic Painting By Jason De Graaf

Jason de Graaf Report

#37 Acrylic Painting By Ben Johnson

Acrylic Painting By Ben Johnson

Ben Johnson Report

Hope Floats 2 years ago

When you look at this piece of art close up,the details are amazing..So many hours of concentration went into this masterpiece,to make it what it is...Stunning...Love it!!

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#38 Oil Painting By Steve Mills

Oil Painting By Steve Mills

Steve Mills Report

#39 Acrylic And Oil Paintings By Denis Peterson

Acrylic And Oil Paintings By Denis Peterson

Denis Peterson Report

#40 Oil Painting By Marco Grassi

Oil Painting By Marco Grassi

Marco Grassi Report

#41 Oil Painting By David J. Eichenberg

Oil Painting By David J. Eichenberg

David J. Eichenberg Report

#42 Oil Painting By Young-sung Kim

Oil Painting By Young-sung Kim

Young-sung Kim Report

Viktoria Zellner 2 years ago

this is incredible!!! WOW!

#43 Acrylic Painting By Ester Curini

Acrylic Painting By Ester Curini

Ester Curini Report

Titus Overway 2 years ago

0-0 look at the reflection

#44 Oil On Canvas By Young-Sung Kim

Oil On Canvas By Young-Sung Kim

Young-Sung Kim Report

#45 Oil On Canvas By Anton Fedko

Oil On Canvas By Anton Fedko

Anton Fedko Report

#46 Watercolour Painting By Anna Mason

Watercolour Painting By Anna Mason

Anna Mason Report

#47 Oil Painting By Kwangho Lee

Oil Painting By Kwangho Lee

Kwangho Lee Report

#48 Oil Painting By Teresa Elliott

Oil Painting By Teresa Elliott

Teresa Elliott Report

#49 Oil Paintings By Javier Arizabalo

Oil Paintings By Javier Arizabalo

Javier Arizabalo Report

#50 Acrylic Paintings By Ian Bodnaryk

Acrylic Paintings By Ian Bodnaryk

Ian Bodnaryk Report

#51 Watercolor Painting By Erich Christensen

Watercolor Painting By Erich Christensen

Erich Christensen Report

Leø 2 years ago

Water colour!!!... Wow!!!...

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#52 Colored Pencil Drawing By Néstor Canavarro

Colored Pencil Drawing By Néstor Canavarro

Néstor Canavarro Report

#53 Oil Painting By Omar Ortiz

Oil Painting By Omar Ortiz

Omar Ortiz Report

#54 Colored Pencil Drawing By Nestor Canavarro

Colored Pencil Drawing By Nestor Canavarro

Nestor Canavarro Report

#55 Pen Drawings By Cj Hendry

Pen Drawings By Cj Hendry

CJ Hendry Report

#56 Pencil Drawing By Franco Clun

Pencil Drawing By Franco Clun

Franco Clun Report

#57 Oil And Acrylic Painting By Audrey Flack

Oil And Acrylic Painting By Audrey Flack

Audrey Flack Report

#58 Acrylic Painting By Ben Schonzeit

Acrylic Painting By Ben Schonzeit

Ben Schonzeit Report

#59 Oil Painting By Eloy Morales

Oil Painting By Eloy Morales

Eloy Morales Report

#60 Oil Painting By Yrjo Edelmann

Oil Painting By Yrjo Edelmann

Yrjo Edelmann Report

#61 Oil Painting By Pedro Campos

Oil Painting By Pedro Campos

Pedro Campos Report

Hope Floats 2 years ago

This so looks like a photograph..

#62 Oil Painting By Alyssa Monks

Oil Painting By Alyssa Monks

Alyssa Monks Report

#63 Oil Painting By Tjalf Sparnaay

Oil Painting By Tjalf Sparnaay

Tjalf Sparnaay Report

#64 Pencil And Charcoal Painting By Giacomo Burattini

Pencil And Charcoal Painting By Giacomo Burattini

Giacomo Burattini Report

#65 Oil Painting By Steve Mills

Oil Painting By Steve Mills

Steve Mills Report

#66 Pencil Drawing By Paul Cadden

Pencil Drawing By Paul Cadden

Paul Cadden Report

#67 Oil Painting By Roberto Bernardi

Oil Painting By Roberto Bernardi

Roberto Bernardi Report

#68 Oil Painting By Ralph Goings

Oil Painting By Ralph Goings

Ralph Goings Report

#69 Oil Painting By Philipp Weber

Oil Painting By Philipp Weber

Philipp Weber Report

#70 Acrylic Painting By Natalya Kucherenko

Acrylic Painting By Natalya Kucherenko

Natalya Kucherenko Report

#71 Oil Painting By Tjalf Sparnaay

Oil Painting By Tjalf Sparnaay

Tjalf Sparnaay Report

#72 Oil Painting By Luigi Benedicenti

Oil Painting By Luigi Benedicenti

Luigi Benedicenti Report

#73 Acrylic Painting By Ester Curini

Acrylic Painting By Ester Curini

Ester Curini Report

#74 Acrylic Painting By Kamalky Laureano

Acrylic Painting By Kamalky Laureano

Kamalky Laureano Report

#75 Oil Painting By Steve Mills

Oil Painting By Steve Mills

Steve Mills Report

#76 Pencil Drawing By Paul Lung

Pencil Drawing By Paul Lung

Paul Lung Report

#77 Oil Painting By Roberto Bernardi

Oil Painting By Roberto Bernardi

Roberto Bernardi Report

#78 Acrylic Painting By Don Eddy

Acrylic Painting By Don Eddy

Don Eddy Report

Christine Albrecht-Buehler 2 years ago

This is incredibly difficult and stunning

#79 Pencil Drawing By Paul Lung

Pencil Drawing By Paul Lung

Paul Lung Report

#80 Oil Painting By Tjalf Sparnaay

Oil Painting By Tjalf Sparnaay

Tjalf Sparnaay Report

Christine Albrecht-Buehler 2 years ago

Incredible

#81 Oil Painting By Robin Eley

Oil Painting By Robin Eley

Robin Eley Report

#82 Oil Painting By Tjalf Sparnaay

Oil Painting By Tjalf Sparnaay

Tjalf Sparnaay Report

Isaac Joe (Joe) 2 years ago

Slightly burnt on the underside but at least the yoke is still runny. ;)

#83 Acrylic Painting By Ben Schonzeit

Acrylic Painting By Ben Schonzeit

Ben Schonzeit Report

#84 Graphite Pencil Drawing By Monica Lee

Graphite Pencil Drawing By Monica Lee

Monica Lee Report

#85 Pencil Drawing By Keith More

Pencil Drawing By Keith More

Keith More Report

Roselientje 2 years ago

Cool!

#86 Pen Drawing By Cj Hendry

Pen Drawing By Cj Hendry

Cj Hendry Report

#87 Acrylic Painting By Jason de Graaf