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In the painting of the Renaissance, Western art reached its absolute zenith. The new intellectual horizons opened up by the natural sciences and the great voyages of discovery, together with the religious... [read on]


Mannerism is the term used to describe the artistic style that arose in mid-16th century. In part it arose in reaction to the High Renaissance, emerging after the Sack of Rome in 1527 shook Renaissance... [read on]


In the arts, Baroque (or baroque) is both a period and the artistic style that dominated it. The Baroque style used exaggerated motion and clear, easily interpreted detail to produce drama, tension, exuberance,... [read on]


Classicism refers to the appreciation and imitation of Greek and Roman literature, art, and architecture. Although the term is normally used to describe art derived from ancient influences, it can also... [read on]


The Rococo style of art emerged in France in the early 18th century as a continuation of the Baroque style, but in contrast to the heavier themes and darker colors of the Baroque, the Rococo was characterized... [read on]


Neoclassicism (sometimes rendered as Neo-Classicism or Neo-classicism) is the name given to quite distinct movements in the visual arts, literature, theatre, music, and architecture. These movements were... [read on]

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Romanticism was a secular and intellectual movement in the history of ideas that originated in late 18th century Western Europe. It followed the Enlightenment period and was in part inspired by a revolt... [read on]


Peredvizhniki (The wanderers; Russian: Передвижники) were a group of Russian realist artists who in protest to academic restrictions formed an artists' cooperative which evolved into the Society for Traveling... [read on]


Impressionism was a 19th century art movement that began as a loose association of Paris-based artists who began publicly exhibiting their art in the 1860s. The name of the movement is derived from Claude... [read on]


Post-impressionism is a term applied to painting styles of the late 19th and early 20th centuries — after impressionism. Post-impressionism was both an extension of impressionism and a rejection of its... [read on]


Realism in art and literature is the depiction of subjects as they appear, without embellishment or interpretation. It was also a mid-19th century cultural movement with its roots in France. Cultural... [read on]


Modern art is a general term used for most of the artistic production from the late 19th century until approximately the 1970s. (Recent art production is more often called Contemporary art or Postmodern... [read on]


Symbolism was a late nineteenth century art movement of French and Belgian origin in poetry and other arts. Precursors and origins French Symbolism was in large part a reaction against Naturalism... [read on]


Avant-garde in French means front guard, advance guard, or vanguard. People often use the term to refer to people or works that are novel or experimental, particularly with respect to art, culture, and... [read on]


Cubism is usually regarded as the most important and influential art movement since the Italian Renaissance; it was an avant-garde art movement that revolutionized European painting and sculpture in the... [read on]


Dada or Dadaism is a cultural movement that began in neutral Z?rich, Switzerland during World War I and peaked from 1916 to 1920. The movement primarily involved visual arts, literature (mainly poetry),... [read on]


Expressionism is the tendency of an artist to distort reality for an emotional effect. Expressionism is exhibited in many art forms, including painting, literature, film, architecture and music. Additionally,... [read on]


Surrealism is a cultural, artistic, and intellectual movement oriented toward the liberation of the mind by emphasizing the critical and imaginative faculties of the "unconscious mind" and the attainment... [read on]


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Constructivism was an artistic and architectural movement in Russia from 1914 onward (especially present after the October Revolution), and a term often used in modern art today, which dismissed "pure"... [read on]

Abstract art

Abstract art is now generally understood to mean art that does not depict objects in the natural world, but instead uses shapes and colors in a non-representational or subjective way. In the very early... [read on]


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Social realism

Social Realism is an artistic movement, expressed in the visual and other realist arts, which depicts working class activities as heroic. Many artists who subscribed to Social Realism were painters with... [read on]


Transavanguardia term was used in texts of the famous italian art critique Bonito Oliva at first.... [read on]

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