n a reaction against the frivolous and unrealistic images of early 19th century Romanticism, artists turned to less glamorous aspects of life and society in search of a direct experience. By 1850, they had formed a relatively cohesive movement that battled for popularity with Romanticism, a far more widespread style.
This movement, known as Realism,
revolutionized art, and artists took a renewed interest in genre
scenes - the everyday activities of middle and lower class citizens
that previously had been excluded from the fine arts. Roman-born
artist Filippo Indoni embraced this artistic movement, presenting
jubilant peasants reaping the rewards of their hard work, thus
encouraging viewers to seek aesthetic pleasure in the unheralded
members of society and moments of daily living. Realists' work
such as Indoni's suggests that the everyday movements of life
can be as lovely as the life-changing events.