Photorealism combines graphic skill in painting and drawing with the realism of photography. Works of photorealism are meant to appear like photographs, or like hyper-realistic images of the real world. But at the same time, they are never meant to deceive viewers into thinking they are the “real thing.” There is always a key to remembering that a photorealistic painting is just a painting and a photorealistic drawing is just a drawing.
Image: John Baeder, Stardust Motel (1977). Oil on canvas. Unframed: 147.32 × 177.8 cm (58 × 70 in.). Framed: 153.67 × 183.52 × 7.3 cm (60 1/2 × 72 1/4 × 2 7/8 in.). Yale University Art Gallery.