The Most Real Looking Paintings Of People

Artists often attempt to create paintings of people that look exactly like their real-life representations. Unfortunately, these attempts are often met with varying degrees of success. It is, however, always worth a try, especially if the artist knows their onions and has honed their skill to the next level of excellence.

These paintings of people look so real you think they’re photographs. The artists combined the same techniques photographers used to make such lifelike images. But instead of using a camera and lighting equipment, these artists used paint and canvas to create their pieces.

Let’s have a look at the most real-looking paintings ever created, and it’d give you a pointer if you ever want to check them out by yourself. Read on to learn more about these paintings.

The Broken Chair By Gar Smith

The painting is made up of small squares and is black and white. It was painted in 1973 by Gar Smith during the Vietnam War. In his work, he depicts a man sitting on a chair that has been broken. The man’s body is slumped over the back of his seat, and blood is running down his face from an injury that looks to be caused by a gunshot wound or knife wound. 

The title of this artwork refers to the fact that it represents “a broken chair,” which symbolizes how many Americans felt about their country at that time: they felt like they were being lied to by their government officials who claimed they had won this war when things were not going well for them at all.

Frida Kahlo’s Self-Portrait as a Tehuana

Frida Kahlo’s self-portrait as a Tehuana (La Tehuana) is one of her most famous paintings. It was painted in 1953 and showed the artist wearing traditional clothing, including a skirt, jacket, and sash that she designed herself. 

She is seated on the ground with her hand resting on her knee and looking at herself in the reflection of an open mirror beside her.

Frida Kahlo was born in Coyoacan, Mexico City, to Jewish parents who moved from Europe after World War I ended; they had eight children, but only four survived infancy: Diego (1908-1954); Carlos (1909-1918); Cristina/Cristina I/III/IV; Carmen Luz Coronel de Medina y Calderón de la Barca y Fernández de Moratín; Frida María de Asis y Diego Rivera.

Mona Lisa By Leonardo Da Vinci

Leonardo Da Vinci’s Mona Lisa is a portrait of Lisa Gherardini, wife of Francesco del Giocondo. The masterpiece is one of the most famous paintings of people in the world. The original version was created between 1503 and 1506 but has been lost to time until now.

Only the most influential members of society were photographed during the Renaissance. The Mona Lisa painting by Leonardo Da Vinci is an excellent example of the hours, days, and even years it took to develop a portrait of this caliber. It has gained notoriety and become an iconic representation of the Renaissance.

Due to the realistic vision of the painting, which was produced by Da Vinci using his talent and skill, the work stands out. The Mona Lisa shows a picture of a graceful woman with a serene but menacing expression on her face.

Many painters, writers, and musicians have cited the enigmatic smile as an inspiration. Through it, he developed his sfumato technique and showed off his distinctive style, which was influenced by techniques of the day.

Burial At Ornans

Great-uncle Gustave Courbet has passed away in Ornans, France, and the entire town has gathered to watch his burial, one of the most famous American works in history. The work’s realism and frightening storylines have made it a classic work of art in America and worldwide.

Standing at an impressive ten by 22 feet (approximately 3 to 6 meters), Gustave Courbet makes a statement about the Realist movement, nearly single-handedly sparking a public uproar against Romanticism in 1850, ultimately leading to a turning point in both artistic and religious movements.


A small group of individuals eating a downtown meal at a somewhat later hour of the night may be seen through the enormous glass window. Edward Hopper creates a work of art that awakens the audience by drawing inspiration from a restaurant on Greenwich Avenue. The Second World War’s dark aftermath is depicted by Edward on the streets of Manhattan, where Edward grew up, like an unfinished puzzle.

When your eyes gorge on its details, all you can see is isolation, utter depravity, and deep grief. Yet, the famous piece has been known and respected across the nation and abroad since it finally depicts the hard life, struggle, and hustling of people (men and women, likewise) during one of the darkest periods in American history.

Christina’s World

Christina’s World, created in the 20th century a little later than others, obtained the status of becoming one of the most popular realism paintings right before 2000. The woman depicted in Andrew Wyeth’s 1948 painting, crawling aimlessly across the field in the address, was a strange woman named Christina Olson who lived close by where the artist grew up in South Cushing, Maine. 

Since Miss Christina had a degenerative muscular disorder that limited her movement and prevented her from seeing most of the world, she could only view the horizon.

Despite initially receiving a somewhat muted response, it gradually established a reputation as one of the most significant works of realism art.


Many of these paintings were painted during the Realism movement and are close to real-life pictures. It is beautiful to see. We hope you enjoyed this post and it helped you find more inspiration for your art!