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Art History Timelines

Our Art History Timelines offer a simple explanation of the major styles of art, highlighting important artists and key paintings from each movement.

JAMES ROSENQUIST (1933-2017) Time Stops the Face Continues, 2008 (oil on canvas with spinning mirror)

JAMES ROSENQUIST (1933-2017)
Time Stops the Face Continues, 2008 (oil on canvas with spinning mirror)

Our Art History Timelines outline the stylistic development of Western and Modern Art from 330-1975. In order to fully appreciate the work of any artist or art movement it is necessary to understand its position in the Art History Timeline. As most new artwork is a reaction against or development of a previous style in the timeline, it is enlightening to know the artistic and historical context in which it was created.

Western Art Timelines

Our Western Art Timelines give you information about the artists, movements and styles in Western art from around 330 to 1880. They offer a brief explanation of the most important styles from Byzantine Art to Realism. They also list the major artists and illustrate a key painting from each movement.

  • Western Art Timeline 1 (330-1600): Byzantine Art (330-1450), Gothic Art (1150-1400), International Gothic (1375-1425), the Early Renaissance (1400-1450), the High Renaissance (1480-1520), Mannerism (1520-1580) and the Northern Renaissance (1420-1520).

  • Western Art Timeline 2 (1600-1880): Baroque (1600-1700), Rococo (1700-1775), Dutch Art (1620-1670), Neo-Classicism (1765-1850), Romanticism (1765-1850), Realism (1840-1880) and the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood (1848-1854).

 

Modern Art Timelines

Our Modern Art Timelines give you information about the artists, movements and styles of Modernism from around 1870 to 1975.

They help you to understand a century of modern art from Impressionism to Minimalism. They also list the major artists and illustrate a key work from each movement.

  • Modern Art Timeline 1 (1870-1931): Impressionism (1870-1890), Post Impressionism (1885-1905), Fauvism (1905-1910), German Expressionism (1905-1925), Cubism (1907-1915), Futurism (1909-1914), Abstract Art (1907-), Constructivism (1913-1930), Suprematism (1915-1925) and De Stijl (1917-1931).

  • Modern Art Timeline 2 (1916-1975): Dada (1916-1922), Surrealism (1924-1939), Abstract Expressionism (1946-1956), Pop Art (1954-1970), Op Art (1964-1970) and Minimalism (1960-1975).