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Modern Art Movements: 1870s to 1980s

This timeline displays the major trends and movements in modern art, approximately dated to when they began, or when they gained prominence.
Click on any movement for a quick overview and further information. Also, you can visit the alphabetical list of all movements and styles on The Art Story.



    MOVEMENTS: 1870 to 1930
Impressionism
Symbolism
Les Nabis

Post-Impressionism
Art Nouveau
Fauvism

Expressionism
Futurism
Cubism
Suprematism
Dada
The Bauhaus

Constructivism
Surrealism


    MOVEMENTS: 1940 to 1980
Abstract Expressionism
Neo-Dada
Kinetic Art
Color Field Painting
Pop Art
Op Art
Hard-edge Painting
Photorealism
Minimalism
Post-painterly Abstraction
Conceptual Art
Post-Minimalism
Arte Povera
Performance Art
Neo-Expressionism