There are about 59 schools within modern art and many more art movements each artist should be aware of.

In this article you can find more about modern art movements, famous artists from this period, as well as a pretty useful tool to help you learn all art movements, if you really are a nerd when it comes to art.

What is modern art movement?

Modern art movement is artwork produced between 1860s to the 1970s and is characterised by its shift from the traditional art before that period -Romanticism.

The modern art movement broke the ‘rules’ that dominated the Romanticism art movement by communicating emotions through colours, shapes and compositions.

Modern art moved away from the narrative function of paintings at the time and revolutionised the way artists communicated emotions, philosophy and issues through vibrant colours and geometrical shapes.

Famous modern artists

Some of the artists responsible for the development of modern art movement were Vincent van Gogh, Paul Cézanne, Paul Gauguin, Georges Seurat and Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec. One of the major paintings symbol of this art revolution at the beginning of the 20 th century was The Dance by Henry Matisse.


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The bright contrasting colours, almost clashing, with the wild movement of the figures at the centre of the composition were a rare seen in art before this piece.

Modern art was no longer there to communicate a story and preserve individual personalities (as in Romantic paintings), but to transmit emotions and awake senses.

Other famous painters from the modern art movement are pre-cubists Georges Braque, André Derain, Raoul Dufy, Jean Metzinger and Maurice de Vlaminck.

How to learn the art movements?

There are six major art movements (Renaissance, Renaissance to Neoclassicism, Romanticism, Romanticism to Modern Art, Modern art, Contemporary art) with a variety of styles within each art movement period for a total of 175 art schools in total.

Quite a lot to take in! To make this easy use the tool below that is designed to help anyone memorise just about any list of terms by splitting large data into small sections and applying visual and explanatory elements to each term to help anyone digest and memorise a long lists easily.

This is based on the flash cards memorising model and it’s widely used by language learning resources. Luckily, through this platform you can upload any list of data and apply the same mechanism so you, and I, can learn art movements easily.


(click above and choose culture)

Choose art movement list from the culture category and enjoy learning all art movements in the history of art.

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