Western Art History Timeline



An ASLCORE Original Production

An introduction to a range of art movements that have shaped the course of Western Art History.

Video Transcript


Welcome to our Art History Timeline!

We have created this Timeline to illustrate ASLCORE signs for the various art movements, their chronology, their precursors, the influence they exerted on later movements, and the transitions between them.

The various techniques and artistic styles which have evolved over time will be explored.

As you see the explanations and examples of that period’s art work, You will see how the art itself informed the creation of these new suggested signs, and how the signs themselves highlight notable aspects of the movements.

Works of art from each movement are timed to be displayed as various aspects are discussed.

The ASL explanation plus slideshows of the artwork will contribute to your understanding of that topic.

It’s important to note that all dates mentioned for the beginnings and the endings of movements are approximate.

Because of the fluid nature of artistic evolution there are no exact delineations for when one movement or style begins or ends.

We’ve carefully chosen pieces of art which are the clearest examples indicating that particular movement and/or style.

The selections on this timeline will provide a good starting place for you to do further exploration, as it would be impossible to show the entire corpus of a time period in one video.

This timeline concentrates on Western Art, since most introductory art classes primarily emphasize that tradition.

But if your interests lie in African or Asian Art there are other resources available for you to discover.

Join as as we dive into the Art History Timeline!

Have fun!

And Welcome!

Early Western Art begins around the year and lasts until 1400.

Of course, previous to this time there was plenty of art in the world!

Various cultures, such as the Greeks, Romans, and Egyptians, created paintings, sculptures, and other media which still exist.

But what is typically referred to as Western Art begins in this time period, and is located primarily in the area defined as Europe.

Because most people at that time were illiterate, art was predominantly religious in nature.

Church-goers couldn’t access the information in bibles or other texts, but instead received religious instruction by looking at the decorations around them as they worshipped.

Biblical stories, the lives of saints, and religious instruction were all to be found in paintings and sculptures arrayed in the church.

During this period of time, artists could not exercise freedom to pursue their art in any way they chose.

Instead, there existed strong artistic conventions to which they must adhere, and therefore the visual similarities were circumscribed.

For instance, the paintings did not attempt to portray realistic facsimiles of people or places.

They were flat, without use of perspective or attempts to approximate 3 dimensional space.

There are several movements in Early Western Art, including Byzantine, Romanesque, Medieval, and Gothic.

You will notice how the art in these time periods changed over time.

Byzantine art spans the time period from 330 to 1450.

There are actually a few movements which occupy this era, but Byzantine is the most readily recognizable.

The style is consistent across times, places, and artists.

The artists could not follow their own muses and pursue their own styles or creative fancies.

They had to follow strict standards of the day, incorporating certain elements which resulted in artwork that looked very similar.

One example of this is the flat colors used for backgrounds, with human subjects facing straight forward towards the viewer.

The images were quite flat, there was no attempt to show perspective, or realistic rendering.

Faces were never turned to profile, but always faced forward to the viewer.

Often icons were utilized which carried religious, symbolic meaning understood by viewers at the time.

Images such as flowers, trees, or sheep may appear in Byzantine paintings, each one carrying embedded symbolism.

Color was used extensively, strong, plain colors such as red or blue, with frequent use of gold.

Often the subject in the painting will have a brilliant golden halo surrounding his or her head, a convention which started during Byzantine times and continued long past it.

Tiny tiles configured to form images – called mosaics – were created during this movement.

These were usually large-scale pieces located on church walls and ceilings to inspire and uplift parishioners as they worshipped.

Because few people were literate, artistic representations of biblical stories served as the instruction which was inaccessible to them from written texts.

The lives of saints and other Bible stories were on display to guide the congregation.

Byzantine art included mosaics, as well as ornate manuscript art, with certain letters and words elaborately illustrated.

Brilliant colors and fine line work were used.

Byzantine artwork is renowned because it established the visual vocabulary of metaphor, symbols, and motifs which find echoes in Romanesque, Gothic, and other subsequent art movements.

Romanesque art occupies a short span of time within the overarching Byzantine art movement.

It names a newer style of architecture which emerged, breaking from the previous aesthetic.

Romanesque buildings tended to be built lower to the ground, with heavy, thick walls and supports, sometimes with rounded turrets.

Doorway lintels were not the traditional rectangular shape, but instead curved into an arch.

Mosaics were displayed, as were high, curving windows.

Churches were becoming taller now, and as the congregants would enter their gazes were directed upwards towards their heavenly inspiration.

Medieval Art was between the years 800 and 1300 AD.

You may be curious about the ASLCORE sign for medieval.

We have two explanations!

First, it refers to the size of the artwork created during that movement – which tended to be quite large in scale.

The second reason has to do with the human subjects of the paintings.

They were often depictions of saints or religious figures whose divinity was indicated by the presence of halos, sometimes in gold filigree.

This feature serves as a hallmark of medieval art.

We melded these two concepts together to create a sign which reflects both ideas.

When you examine Byzantine and medieval art side by side you may notice they are quite similar – most markedly, they are both flat/two-dimensional in appearance, with people looking almost pasted onto the surface and floating unmoored in space.

Both styles make heavy use of symbolism and visual metaphor.

There is no attempt at realism or natural rendering, no perspective.

Artists could not exercise autonomy about their choices of subject and style, but instead were bound by the artistic dictates of their time, which created more uniformity across images.

Both Byzantine and Medieval art portrayed religious themes and biblical instruction.

However, Medieval pieces differed in one noteworthy aspect: the artists used rich, expensive materials which created beautiful works of art.

Real gold was put on the canvas, as were precious jewels, and pigments, and decorations.

While Byzantine art had limited range, Medieval art had different subsidiary styles within it.

There were the previous mosaics and paintings, but now also sculptures, and tapestries, and incredibly ornate manuscript art.

It is also during the Medieval time period that you can notice the changes in architecture.

The earlier years of the movement follow the more Romanesque sensibility, but as time goes on there is an evolution towards the Gothic style.

Gothic art was created between the years 1150 to 1400.

Previously, people in paintings were placed against flat backgrounds, not intended to look realistic but instead to serve a symbolic function.

Gothic art presents artists striving for realism in the people they sought to portray.

There was no systematic attempt at perspective yet, however, and backgrounds remained flat and static.

Notice in these examples of Gothic art how detailed and ornate the art has become!

In the architecture of that era, the previous Romanesque structures which were thicker and heavier, gave way to buildings which were more open, airy, and bright.

Entering a gothic cathedral parishioners would encounter impressively lofty spaces, with acutely angled roofs, and pointed arch ceilings.

A particular structural pattern supported the heights, called ribbed vaults.

Detailed stained glass windows were used extensively along the gallery walls, depicting religious stories to instruct the congregants.

Renaissance and Post Renaissance Art spans from around 1300 to 1850.

More dramatic changes are noticeable in a shorter span of time than any previous movements.

Before this era, artists had been constrained by strict conventions and could not exercise creative autonomy to pursue their own styles, which caused most art to be indistinguishable.

The subject matter was predominantly religious.

With the advent of the Renaissance, all of that changed dramatically!

Artists followed their muses, resulting in individual styles becoming readily recognized as uniquely theirs.

While religious topics were still popular, now others could be explored as well.

Mythological tales, literature, and depictions of prosaic human experience were all fodder for artists working during the renaissance and post renaissance, unleashing great fountains of creativity.

The importance of this time period cannot be overstated, as the resulting canons influenced virtually all art movements which followed.

The Renaissance can be considered the catalyst for many subsequent movements, such as Mannerism, Baroque, Rococco, Neoclassicism, and Romanticism.

The Renaissance began in the year and continued until 1520.

The word “Renaissance” literally means “rebirth,” and at the time what was being reborn were classical Greek and Roman sensibilities and aesthetic ideals.

In the periods immediately preceding the Renaissance – Byzantine and Romanesque and Gothic – art looked much the same regardless of who created it.

But the Renaissance artists were ready to disregard the conventions that had been foisted upon them, and give their creativity free rein, exploring their own notions of beauty and how they chose to express their personal aesthetic.

One of the most remarkable changes was in how realistic the art became, especially in the attention to physical proportion when depicting humans.

Veins, muscular and skeletal structures were all realistically rendered, instead of flat bodies staring straight forward in a two-dimensional plane.

In previous movements, to indicate heaven, for instance, backgrounds were usually plain blue applied flatly to the surface.

Now landscapes were fair game, with scenery of mountains and lakes in the background.

Sophisticated use of perspective could now be seen, showing different planes of scenes and activity, with converging vanishing points to draw the viewers’ attention back into the canvas, approximating three dimensional space.

The colors employed also became more varied, as artists experimented with oil paints which allowed mixing and layering in different ways.

A technique called chiaroscuro became popular as artists explored the liminal edge between highlighting and darkness on subjects.

There were three sources of subject matter that recurred during the Renaissance: religious themes, of course, remained strong, classical Greek tales and myths, and now secular experiences were shown, capturing moments in the lives of regular humans living on earth at that time.

Humanism – the idea that perhaps people’s fates were not necessarily out of their control – was a new idea which surfaced.

Artists were finally recognized and revered for their talents, and wealthy families served as patrons, commissioning works either for private enjoyment or financially sponsoring pieces displayed in churches.

No longer were artists seen as interchangeable tradesmen, but as respected practitioners of their craft.

Mannerism is a movement which began around 1520 and lasted until 1580.

It is a subsidiary movement occurring during the Renaissance.

The aesthetic at this time took the ideal human form and then exaggerated aspects of it, such as you see in the painting exhibited here.

Notice the woman’s perfectly formed, yet elongated neck.

Whereas previously the emphasis of the composition was balance and symmetry, Mannerist artists chose one particular element of the piece and emphasized it, as if to call attention to the fact that it was “too perfect.”

Baroque Art lasted from 1600 to around 1700.

The previous period – Mannerism – emphasized the perfection evinced in art at that time, to the degree that it seemed unrealistic, impossible that such perfection could even exist in this world.

Baroque artists sought to portray more realism in their work, with the most obvious departure from previous movements being the depiction of subjects engaged in scenes of intense action.

Instead of static poses, settings now were full of dynamic motion and interactions These works of art were intended to evoke emotion in the viewers as their eyes scanned the exciting stories unfolding before them.

Compositions were asymmetric, with strong diagonal lines that emphasized movement.

There was usually a strong light source, which created perfect conditions to employ the chiaroscuro technique.

Baroque paintings focused on religious subject matter, scenes of historical import, or myths and fantasy.

There is also an architectural style associated with the Baroque period.

Rather than being light and airy, it is marked by heavy structures with a plethora of ornamentation, utilizing rich materials such as gold and silver.

The Rococo period spans 1700 to 1775.

It was initiated in France by artists who looked askance at the Baroque artwork being produced in Italy.

They wanted to create their own style, employing softer colors, pinks, light blues, whites, as well as emphasizing curves and swooping shapes.

The lighting was soft and diffuse, bright but not glaringly so.

Symbolism and metaphor were present in many of the elements of the artwork.

The stories being told appeared to be simple and unencumbered, showing couples wooing, sitting on swings, enjoying a life of ease.

However, lurking behind this carefree exterior there were sometimes cautionary tales to warn the viewer of potential missteps to be aware of in their own lives.

Rococo is a beautiful, elegant, sophisticated art form.

Neoclassicism lasted from 1765-1850, it presents an opposite artistic sensibility to the playful, light-hearted nature of Rococo Art.

Neoclassicism hearkened back to the Greek and Roman aesthetic of antiquity, employing more balance, symmetry, and formal structures.

There was no flowing and fluid feeling, but instead severe lines.

The color palette was more narrow, and shapes were geometric and exact.

Just as political structures were becoming more ordered, circumscribed, and regimented, so was Neoclassical Art.

Romanticism took place between 1765 and 1850.

In response to the stark geometrical exactness of Neoclassicism which emphasized Greek and Roman orderliness and balanced perfection, Romanticism instead wished to convey the vicissitudes of human emotion.

It sought to plumb the depths of human experience, and portray scenes that would appeal to every sense.

Often the subject matter focused on people in nature, exploring their relation to and interaction with the environment around them.

The goal of Romantic art was to portray overt, strong emotion.

Modern Art began in the 1850s and continued into the 20th century and beyond.

The 19th century saw the advent of increased industrialization, Progress in modes of transportation, technology, and major innovative leaps, largely as a result of discoveries made during the previous age of Reason.

Scientific discoveries and methodologies occurred parallel to new ways of engagement with religious constructs, meaning the secular and the non-secular ways of thinking were no longer in competition.

Instead, they combined forces to fuel the hope that humankind could attain an ideal, and the sky was the limit!

Artists of the time were imbued with this zeitgeist and sought to reflect it in new ways of expression, using experimental forms and materials, in hopes of accurately portraying the social atmosphere and exciting changes occurring during their times.

The overarching theme of Modern Art comprises several movements.

A sampling of them includes: Realism, Impressionism, Post Impressionism, Art Deco, Art Nouveau, Cubism, Surrealism, The Harlem Renaissance, Futurism, Pop Art, and many others we will introduce to you!

Take a look!

Realism spanned from 1840-1880.

Artists coming of age during Romanticism felt all of that overwrought emotion didn’t necessarily reflect the truth of the subject matter.

They decided to depict the prosaic life they saw around them, realistic looking people in realistic scenes, performing everyday activities.

Artists relied upon the experience of observing their own lives, and the sociological and historical times in which they lived, then faithfully portraying that reality on the canvas.

Impressionism began around and lasted until 1890.

The preceding movement of Realism focused on showing the world surrounding the artist, striving through use of precise detail to depict the everyday experiences of humans, insisting on what they saw as authenticity on the canvas.

But now a group of artists in around turned their attention to the interrelation of color and light, how differing qualities of light and dark atmospheres would inform perception of shape and color.

As light sources shifted in intensity and angle, so would the way the subject would appear to the eye as evidenced by changes in color.

Artists became obsessed with not just the subjects, but the atmosphere and the play of reflected light upon the surfaces which defined the subjects.

The use of clearly defined lines and precision of detail were not privileged, replaced instead with overt brushstroke technique.

Whereas canvasses had been prized for flat surfaces with no visible applications of paint, now each stroke was bold and defined, adding texture to the usual two-dimensional plane.

In nature the world does not present itself as flat and smooth.

Light bounces, refracts, and dances on modulated facets of everything it touches, and artists strived to capture that vibration.

Some artists chose to represent the same place over and over again, for example, the same church, or the same pond, painting it at different times of the day to show the shifts in color and mood.

The subject remained the same, yet the qualities of light and color changed the appearance of the resulting work.

So when you think of Impressionism and what it means, two important elements coexist and intermingle – color - and light!

That’s Impressionism.

Post Impressionism is the period lasting from 1885 to 1905.

The previous movement of Impressionism was using a new technique to show the world around them.

That same approach was now overlaid with more expressive qualities to show not only what our eyes see, but also the intensely personal world of the artist’s mind and soul.

The viewer would learn about the subject, as well as the artist who portrayed that subject.

Postimpressionism shares much of the same visual style as Impressionism, using even more texture and even less detail.

The color palette was fabulous, and each artist’s style is easily recognizable as they had varied and personal technique in their work.

For example, Seurat used tiny points of color to create a cohesive painting, whereas Van Gogh used broad, bold strokes of color.

That’s Post-Impressionism.

Art Nouveau appeared around and persisted until 1910, the period preceding World War I.

Artists became enamored of forms found in the natural world, such as plants, vines, etc. and how they could apply organic form and design to inorganic items such as tables, chairs, lamps, and even architecture.

Instead of straight, angular structures, curves and swooping lines prevailed.

Entering a building you might find a staircase with banisters made of intertwining iron tendrils and undulating forms.

Chairs and tables would have elements of living, growing shapes in their supporting structures.

Lamps could glow and drip with color when they were lit, reflecting even more of the natural world.

Fauvism occupies a brief note in Art History, lasting only from 1905–1910.

This group of artists admired the Impressionist and Post-Impressionist movements and decided to build upon the ideas of bold colors by exaggerating them even more.

These exploding colors would evoke even more emotion in the viewer.

The world of Art critics and formal academies were horrified at what they considered to be gaudy overuse of color, which only served to incite Fauve artists to utilize even more eye-popping hues to express themselves!

Expressionism is identified from to about 1930 and fits quite nicely under the general category of Modernism.

The impetus for any art in this movement is artists’ emotional states of Anxiety and trepidation at what they were seeing occur in the world around them at that time.

The velocity of change in modernity, current world events, and concern about an uncertain future were all inspirations for much of Expressionist art.

Hallmarks of this style are the use of bright colors, elongated or exaggerated non-representational shapes and lines.

The point of Expressionism was to artistically represent the artist’s thoughts and concerns, not realistic depictions of the world.

Art Deco lasted from 1910 to about 1930.

Before World War I, Art Nouveau was popular that was the celebrated style of art which took its inspiration from the natural world, utilizing representations of leaves, flowers, and other flowing, organic forms in artwork, decorations, furniture, and even elements of buildings.

As the world approached the time of the Great War there rose a desire to make art which reflected the current feelings of society.

Artists decided the use of more severe geometric elements would accomplish that feeling – repetitive lines, triangles, rectangles and squares.

One reason for this more mathematical influence on art was enhanced ability to replicate and manufacture it in commodities for people to purchase.

Mass production meant more availability, and therefore the opportunity for more people to own these products.

It is easier to tool machines for fabrications of simple triangles, squares, and straight edges compared to curvilinear, organic forms.

However, just because these items could now be mass produced did not mean there was a compromise in quality resulting in cheap items.

Great care was taken in design and manufacture, the priority being the use of rich and sturdy materials.

Entering Art Deco building a viewer would see fascinating furniture, decorations and adornments all with a more modern aesthetic.

Cubism was a movement that began in and lasted until 1915.

The two noted artists of this style are Picasso and Braque.

Previous to this time, paintings had depicted the realistic use of perspective, the way our eyes view the world.

Cubism took different views of a subject — as if one could make a 360 degree tour around the subject — and then segmented individual snapshots of each view.

Cubism presented them all simultaneously in a two dimensional plane.

And the juxtaposition of multitudes of perspectives created images that looked like this: Futurism began around and lasted just until 1914.

Artists were energized by the velocity and trajectory of the changes in our modern world.

Business, industry, technology, transportation – the energy and vibrations of the modern world inspired them to attempt visual manifestations in art.

Borrowing elements of Cubism — which simultaneously depicted various perspectives of subject matter and smashed it into one plane of vision — Futurist artists changed the concept of where these perspectives were coming from.

Instead of the viewer’s perceptions moving around the object, Futuristist art imagines that the viewer is remaining stationary and the subject matter itself is in motion.

Dadaism took place between 1916 and 1922.

A group of artists regarded the world around them, a world swirling crazily with war, politics, commerce – and they felt disgusted and dismayed.

They rebelled, becoming iconclasts, refusing to respect images traditionally revered in the world of art.

They wanted to create art which exemplified the times in which they lived by throwing disparate symbols and images together in ways that were impossible to decipher – and being incomprehensible was the point of Dada art!

Surrealism lasted from about 1924 to 1939.

The previous movement of Dada Art was seen as negative in its rejection of established traditions of Art and aesthetic.

Some artists wished to evoke a more positive aura in their work, which resulted in their development of Surrealism.

They sought to let their imaginations run free and unconstrained, untethered by reality or what was physically possible.

They explored the unconscious, taking images from dreams and flights of fancy and juxtaposing them in nonsensical ways, unconcerned about presenting anything realistic.

The work functioned as stream of consciousness, unconstructed and fluid, just as in our dreams.

The science of Psychology and explorations of the unconscious mind were used as inspiration for the creation of Surrealistic works of art.

The Harlem Renaissance lasted from the 1920s to the 1940s.

Before this time Art had seen its changes occur on a regular basis and slowly evolve.

The Harlem Renaissance was more like a sudden earthquake of expression.

Black Art, literature, dance, and music exerted a huge influence from this time forward.

Inspired by Jazz and the Blues, Black artists deliberately worked to depict the Black experience in the United States as they saw it and lived it.

There was a conscious exploration of Negro life as separate from the dominant white hegemony surrounding them, and they felt the need to instill pride and empowerment, a sense of rich tradition and reverence for who they had been and who they were.

This explosion of creativity and self-expression influenced other disenfranchised cultures in the U.S. to spread their wings as well, and many different styles were born and developed.

No matter the form or content of the artwork, the priority was to challenge all African Americans to recognize their power and celebrate each other as individuals and their culture as a whole.

Abstract Expressionism spans from 1940 to 1960.

After World War II the entire global economy shifted, affecting everyone everywhere.

The general anxiety at the time was reflected by artists’ use of nonrepresentational forms and color.

An artist might splash color indiscriminately on the canvas, or pour large quantities directly onto the canvas adding expressive brushstrokes and texture afterwards.

The movement of the painter’s body as they created the work was incorporated and implied in the finished product.

Pop Art lasts from around to approximately 1970.

After World War II the U.S. economy flourished, creating a robust consumer culture.

Common objects – soup cans, chairs, really anything at all – became objects of the artistic gaze.

Posters became popular in American culture at this time.

Fine art had always been too expensive for just anyone to afford, but Pop Art was easily reproduced and cheap, and therefore flourished.

American Pop music and art both conquered the globe and spread American culture.

The traditional bastions of the art community did not approve of the new aesthetic and made their displeasure known.

However, this new generation of artists had no interest in stopping a younger and fresher approach from proliferating.

Postmodernism began in the 1960s and continues currently.

To understand its beginnings let’s go back and revisit Modern Art.

Modern Art had its roots in the notion of progress and the belief in an ever upward trajectory of humankind.

It was believed that all aspects of the world — Industry, technology, life itself — were always improving, headed towards an ideal.

If one examined the world closely it was evident that there were universal laws, principles, rules, and systems that could be discovered through the use of reason and religion.

The world could be comprehended, we could make sense of it, and therefore all we could know and learn would contribute towards this inexorable march of progress towards inevitable perfection.

Postmodernists examined this rosy picture of the future with skeptical eyes, and dismissed this optimism about understanding and making sense of things as an optimistic dream.

Their response was to declare that everything can be and is Art.

Art had always been seen as something that existed on some separate and revered plane of existence, and even those who created more prosaic kinds of art still seemed to feel that expression through different media was something separate from the everyday experience living.

Postmodernists insisted that both fine art and more pedestrian art were exactly the same thing and that truly everything in the world is Art.

A table could be considered Art, a chair could be Art.

Two bricks placed side by side could be Art.

A toilet could be Art!

Again, anything could be art!

So Postmodern Art plays with the idea of objects as art, and also ideas could be expressed through these normal objects.

Sometimes the meanings of these collections of things and ideas are not clear to the viewer.

Standard, traditional art had always functioned as something apart, to be viewed, analyzed, considered, and ultimately understood.

Postmodern art made no such promises of comprehension, often leaving the observer mystified as to the point of what they were looking at.

There are several movements under the term of Postmodern Art:

They include Conceptual Art, Performance Art, Installation Art, Grafitti, Deconstructivist Art, And Minimalist Art.

Conceptual Art began in the 1960s and continues to the present day.

Now instead of art no longer existing solely in physical objects, the art actually becomes the ideas evoked by those objects.

The process of engaging intellectually with what one sees creates the art internally within the viewer, meaning that the act of viewing the art is just the beginning of the artistic experience.

So how one looks at the piece creates the idea.

As an example, in this exhibit, the artist wanted the viewer to think about what chairs are and what they mean.

He placed a real chair, a photograph of a chair, and the dictionary definition of a chair in a gallery.

Viewers were compelled to consider the essence of what a chair is.

So the idea itself is what they had to engage with.

Often conceptual artists will use their bodies as the objects to evoke the idea, either as the canvas itself, or performing some activity.

Such as this example:

Here the artist ejected water from his mouth to show the concept of a fountain by literally becoming a fountain himself.

He didn’t feel the need to create a physical fountain in space, but instead he embodied the concept.

This forced people to reconsider their notions of “fountain.”

Conceptual Art releases objects as carriers of meaning.

The artist places the objects in such a way as to stimulate the observer to think about which ideas are being elicited, and not be concerned about the physical object itself.

Deconstructionism is an architectural style prevalent from 1960 to the 1980s.

Architecture had always followed a certain standard, buildings comprise materials standing upright and complete in their surroundings.

But deconstructionism turned all that on its head to present a totally different look!

Buildings could now be asymmetrical and unpredictable as visitors walked around and through them.

Building could have strange protrusions at odd angles, and the raw materials from which they were constructed were not hidden, but prominently displayed.

Aluminum or bricks would be out in the open for all to see.

The structures were still totally functional inside, but outside looked different than any previous architectural styles.

It was a completely new way to conceptualize what buildings could look like.

Minimalism took place between 1960 and 1975.

Abstract Expressionism Art, with all its overt emotion, served as the inspiration for Minimalism.

Artists reconsidered the essence of Art, and determined that simplicity was the basis of it all.

Therefore, all extraneous elements should be removed to arrive at the purest and most simple elements, shapes, and materials.

Shapes for this sort of art are plain, simple – and — you guessed it — minimal!

You have just seen explanations for three modern art movements — Conceptual Art, Deconstructionist Art, and Minimalist Art.

As for what comes next in the world of Art, well — that’s up to you!

Go ahead and create something uniquely yours and contribute to that future!

This concludes our Art History Timeline.

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