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A type or technique of painting where the detail, lighting, and reflections are so accurate, they appear to be a photograph unless examined from up close. This movement began in America in the 1960s. The artist typically begins with one enlarged photograph of the subject (often a largely inorganic still-life) from which a detailed pencil drawing is made on canvas. Acrylic or oil paint is then applied detail by detail and will often take months to complete.

Photorealist painters will usually stick with one or two types of subject matter. Popular types include:

Also, a type or technique of computer-generated imagery intended to achieve the same level of detail, accuracy and believability as a photograph.

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