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Realism in the visual arts and literature refers to the general attempt to depict subjects in accordance with secular, empirical rules, as they are considered to exist in third person objective reality, without embellishment or interpretation. As such, the approach inherently implies a belief that such reality is ontologically independent of man\'s conceptual schemes, linguistic practices and beliefs, and thus can be known (or knowable) to the artist, who can in turn represent this \'reality\' faithfully. As Ian Watt states, modern realism begins from the position that truth can be discovered by the individual through the senses and as such it has its origins in Descartes and Locke, and received its first full formulation by Thomas Reid in the middle of the eighteenth century.