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At least from what I've seen, opinions diverge on this one, but I want to be sure whether it's possible to call a work of art 'realist' instead of 'realistic'. Sounds to me like something that makes sense, but I'm not a native speaker.

Wikipedia provides this bit:

When used as an adverb, "realistic" (usually related to visual appearance) distinguishes itself from "realist" art that concerns subject matter.

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Realism is a school of art - also known as Naturalism - and the artists and images of this school are "realists". See https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Realism_(arts)#Visual_arts

When used as an adjective, "realistic" (usually related to visual appearance) distinguishes itself from "realist" art that concerns subject matter.

Realistic is a common adjective with a definition to be found in any dictionary.

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