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A Capercaillie by Friedrich Gauermann, an early representative of the Verismo[1]

The Verismo (meaning "realism", from Italian vero, meaning "true") refers to a 19th-century Italian painting style. This style was practiced most characteristically by the "Macchiaioli" group of painters, who were forerunners of the French Impressionists.

In this regard, the Wikipedia article on "American verismo" is germane because it contains a long discussion of an instance of American verismo (Jerry Ross) in American painting. However, there is an extremely rich reservoir of American examples that include techniques for loose brushwork alongside social commentary such as in "The Ashcan School" and the work of John Singer Sargent and the bold city and landscapes of George Bellows.

The link pin between European verismo in painting and the States could be considered to be the work of John Singer Sargent, in regard to technique, but not in comments on the working classes. As mentioned above, the Ashcan School played the social critical role in regard to thinking and ideas in painting. The situation in Italy is more complex, especially during and after WWII, with in the work of partisan artists (the museum in Dormadosella) as well as the exhibits of Gutoso and Giacometti, mixing in more abstraction while retaining the social critical edge and, in the case of Giacometti, the existential element.

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  1. ^ "Friedrich Gauermann: A Capercaillie". European Painters: 19th and 20th Century Painters. National Gallery of Slovenia. Retrieved 13 May 2014.