History is big. To organize thousands of years of art, we divide it into movements — the cultures, concepts and themes that connect artworks in time.

Bold color and floating figures.

Naïve Art

1900 - 2000

Fantasy and new worlds by untrained and manic artists.

Outsider Art

1900 - 1980

Abstraction murders Narrative

Modernism

1860 - 1970

Art created without reason, aesthetics or morality.

Surrealism

1924 - 1965

It is not a picture, it is an event.

Abstract Expressionism

1940 - 1960

The off-kilter art of the people.

Folk Art

1850 - 1960

Tradition be damned.

Early Modernism

1800 - 1950

Blood, speed and violence.

Futurism

1909 - 1944

Art should only serve society.

Constructivism

1919 - 1935

Recovering lost spirituality

Expressionism

1905 - 1933

"We only wanted to express what was in us..."

Cubism

1910 - 1930

Taking refuge in the square.

Suprematism

1913 - 1924

Dada is anti-dada!

Dada

1916 - 1924

Claustrophobic faceless horror.

Metaphysical Art

1911 - 1920

Benevolent emperors and the height of literature and art.

Qing Dynasty

1644 - 1912

The end of feudalism begins with the search for knowledge.

Meiji

1868 - 1912

A mystic search for meaning and psychological truth.

Symbolism

1880 - 1910

Out with the old, in with the sexy.

Art Nouveau

1890 - 1910

Vivid, unnatural — the first avant-garde movement

Fauvism

1900 - 1910

"To every age its art. To art its freedom."

Vienna Secession

1897 - 1905

Beyond nature, toward emotional simplicity.

Post-Impressionism

1886 - 1905

Allegory, craft, and the unrelenting dictatorship of the Academy.

Academicism

1650 - 1900

Light and movement as the crux of human perception

Impressionism

1860 - 1900

Beauty is it's own reward.

Decorative Arts

1000 - 1900

Truth, accuracy, and the absence of personal bias

Realism

1850 - 1880

An American fraternity of mountain worshipers

Hudson River School

1825 - 1870

A small village in France, a gathering of artists.

Barbizon School

1830 - 1870

Art, culture, and NO OUTSIDERS.

Edo

1603 - 1868

Emo teenagers drag art back to the future.

Pre Raphaelite Brotherhood

1848 - 1860

Nature's pencil: light!

Early Photography

1826 - 1860

Artistic revolt against the Age of Enlightenment

Romanticism

1800 - 1850

Classical imagery, democratic ideals, and the bloody hands of change.

Neoclassicism

1760 - 1830

Power, sophistication, luxury and might.

Mughal Art

1500 - 1800

Opulent, playful embrace of the ornate — 18th century swag.

Rococo

1715 - 1774

The drama of deep color and shadow

Baroque

1600 - 1725

How Humanism beats down Feudalism with the printing press

Northern Renaissance

1420 - 1650

Tension, distortion and cold intellectualism

Mannerism

1520 - 1600

Religion and the laws of perspective.

Spanish Renaissance

1492 - 1600

Cultural rebirth though intellectual inquiry

Italian Renaissance

1350 - 1500

1000 years of religion, feudalism and gold leaf.

Medieval Art

400 - 1400

The doe-eyed saints of early Christianity.

Coptic Art

200 - 1200

The sublime in China used scale to show nature's power.

Northern Song Dynasty

960 - 1127

Roads, Plumbing, High Culture = Empire.

Rome

753 BC - 530

Super power of all super powers.

Egypt

4000 BC - 30 BC

Etruscan civilization gives birth to a super power: Roma.

Etruscan Art

768 BC - 264 BC

Poetry, war and the invention of law and propaganda.

Mesopotamia

3500 BC - 1000 BC

The lost faces of the ancient world.

Cycladic Art

3200 BC - 1100 BC

The Stone Age: A technological revolution in moving big rocks.

Neolithic

12000 BC - 3000 BC