Who was a realist writer?
Writing that uses realism focuses on showing life much like it actually is. Writers that wrote in this style were George Eliot, Guy de Maupassant, and Stephen Crane.
As a movement in art Realism runs from 1845 to 1880. Characteristics that determine a Realist style can become confusing, such as Edgar Degas who was a Realist painter who created works that can not be termed Realist. Generally speaking a Realist work gives the illusion of reality and is 'truthfully' painted.