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Modern Art: Home

Masterpieces of Modern Art

Henri Matisse - "Music", 1910

Ernst Ludwig Kirchner - "The Living Room", 1920

Pablo Picasso - "Mandolin and Guitar", 1924

Le Corbusier - "Villa Savoye", 1931

Salvador Dali - "Sleep", 1937

Alexander Calder - Double Gong, 1953

Roy Lichtenstein - "Sunrise", 1965

Modernism and Its Movements

This research guide contains information and resources gathered to help students to explore the period called "Modern Art" or "Modernism". Many of the movements that have been identified by experts as part of this period were founded by groups of artists supported by manifestos and ideological propaganda. While others were a product of natural evolution of artistic exploration and experimentation. Many were concurrent at the same time; some were short-lived, while others are still popular. Sometimes the criteria to define a movement were based on the technique used by the artists, but others were defined by a specific ideology. Artists during this period often moved from one movement to another. Here are some of the movements identified as being part of the Modern Art wave during the past 20th Century:

  • Fauvism                                                                                   
  • Expressionism
  • Cubism
  • Purism
  • Orphism
  • Futurism
  • Vorticism
  • Dada and Surrealism
  • Suprematism
  • De Stijl
  • Constructivism
  • Abstract Expressionism
  • Kinetic Art
  • Pop Art
  • Opt Art
  • Minimalism
  • Conceptual Art


Rene Magritte. "Le Calcomanie", 1966