Most people would probably say that photographs are more "realistic" than drawings or paintings. On the other hand, they would probably associate dreams, fantasies and other reflections of the imagination with painting, drawing and other graphic arts.
I held such notions before I saw images from photographers like Eugene Atget and realized that they were sometimes just as fabricated (I don't mean that word in a derogatory sense) as the canvases of Titian and Fragonard. And, in their own ways, those photos can be as impressionistic and visionary as much of what Monet, vanGogh and Picasso did.
The lines between the fantastical and the quotidian are blurred in cycling art as much as they are in other kinds of art. I think you'll see that in this photograph:
and this poster:
Is it "just" my imagination, or are those two images related (aside from the fact that each one has a human and a bicycle)?