A Guide to Western Art

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00 Introduction

  • 00-01 A History of Western Art

01 The Earliest Art

02 Egyptian Art 3,000-300 BC

03 Greek Art 2,000-450AD

04 Roman Art 27BC – 450AD

  • 04-01 Roman Art 27 BCE – 450 CE

05 Byzantine Art 500-1200

06 Celtic, Saxon and Viking Art 550-900

  • 06-01 Celtic, Saxon and Viking Art 550-900

07 Medieval Art 800-1000

  • 07-01 Medieval Art 800-1000

08 Romanesque Art 1000-1300

  • 08-01 Romanesque Art 1000-1300

09 Gothic and Netherlandish Art 1100-1500

10 Renaissance Art 1400-1600

11 Mannerism 1520-1600

  • 11-01 The Extremes of Mannerism

12 Tudor and Stuart Art

13 Baroque Art 1600-1700

14 Dutch Golden Age 1600-1700

15 Academic Art 1600-1900

16 Restoration England 1660-1700

17 Eighteenth Century British Art

18 Rococo Art 1700-1770

  • 18-01 Canaletto
  • 18-02 François Boucher
  • 18-03 Jean-Honoré Fragonard

19 Spanish Art

20 Neo-Classicism 1770-1830

21 Romanticism 1790-1850

22 Nineteenth-Century American Art

23 Victorian Art

24 Photography

25 Pre-Raphaelites 1848-1880

26 Nineteenth-Century French Art

  • 26-01 Barbizon School
  • 26-02 French Realism & Gustav Courbet
  • 26-03 French Orientalism

27 Impressionism 1860-1880

28 Aestheticism 1870-1890

29 Degenerate Art

30 Post Impressionism 1880-1905

31 Symbolism 1890-1920

  • 31-01 Symbolism 1890-1920

32 Russian Art 1890-1930

33 Pointillism & Divisionism

  • 33-01 Georges Seurat and Paul Signac

34 Arts & Crafts

35 Art Nouveau 1890-1914

36 South American Art 1900-present

  • 36-01 Frida Kahlo (Mexico, 1907-1954)
  • 36-02 Diego Rivera (Mexico, 1886-1957)
  • 36-03 Lygia Clark (Brazil, 1920-1988)
  • 36-04 Hélio Oiticica (Brazil, 1937-1980)

37 Edvard Munch (1863-1944)

38 Modernism 1900-present

39 Ashcan School 1890-1920

  • 39-01 George Bellows

40 Les Fauves 1900-1907

  • 40-01 André Derain
  • 40-02 Henri Matisse

41 Cubism 1907-1918

42 Expressionism 1900s-1930

  • 42-01 What is Expressionism?

43 Futurism 1909-1915

  • 43-01 Futurism

44 Vorticism 1913-1915

45 Abstract Art 1915-1940

46 Dada 1915-1922

47 Constructivism and Suprematism 1917-1921

  • 47-01 Constructivism and Suprematism

48 De Stijl 1917-1931

  • 48-01 Piet Mondrian and De Stijl

49 Bauhaus 1919-1933

  • 49-01 Bauhaus

50 Harlem Renaissance

51 American Realists & Modernism

52 British Art 1900-1950

53 Surrealism 1920-1930

54 Escher 1898-1972

  • 54-01 Maurits Escher

55 Art Deco 1920-1930

  • 55-01 Tamara De Lempicka

56 Magical Realism and New Objectivity 1925-1950

  • 56-01 Magic Realism

57 Abstract Expressionism and Colour Field Painting

  • 57-01 Abstract Expressionism and Colour Field Painting
  • 57-02 Willem De Kooning
  • 57-03 Kenneth Noland

58 Pop Art 1950-1960

59 Neo-Dada 1952-1960

  • 59-01 Jasper Johns
  • 59-02 Robert Rauschenberg

60 Recent Art

61 Recent Artists

  • 61-01 David Hockney
  • 61-02 Grayson Perry & Outsider Art
  • 61-03 Francis Bacon
  • 61-04 Lucien Freud
  • 61-05 Ai Weiwei
  • 61-06 Damien Hirst
  • 61-07 Tracey Emin
  • 61-08 Joseph Beuys
  • 61-09 Louise Bourgeois
  • 61-10 Antony Gormley
  • 61-11 Anish Kapoor
  • 61-12 Chris Ofili
  • 61-13 Bruce Nauman
  • 61-14 Paulo Rego
  • 61-15 Sarah Lucas
  • 61-16 Rachel Whiteread
  • 61-17 Banksy

97 Forgery

98 Tate

99 General Topics