A Look at the Characteristics of Modern Art

Modern Art Painting

Modern art is the architectural and artistic expression that happened during the 20th century. This art is very different from the art of the modern age. The art of the modern age comprises of art that occurred during the historical period before the 20th century. The art of the modern age comprises of art forms that took place during the 15th century and the 18th century. In this context, contemporary or modern art happened in a period from the late nineteenth century up to the second half of the twentieth century. In this context, it is relevant to add that modern art started with impressionism and post-impressionism.

It is said that contemporary or modern craftsmanship speaks about an art revolution. However, it communicates a historical moment of social and scholarly changes. Toward the finish of the nineteenth century, Europe was affected by a social, financial and political disorder that prompted the First World War.

This blog not just defines the concept of this art but also showcases the different characteristics of this art. Following are some of the important characteristics of modern art:-

Characteristics of Modern Art

Modern Art


It includes the first of the contemporary art expressions. Its name alludes to a gathering of French painters who in 1905 filled the Paris fall salon with artworks. The particular attributes of Fauvism are hostility in the utilization of colors (the colors that are part of fauvism are primary colors, complementary colors as well as garish tones). Fauvism also features how the color usage is related to shapes.

Fauvism uses thick and pasted brushstrokes for creating beautiful works of art. In Fauvism the artwork does not endeavor to imitate the reality but it tries to give a unique imprint to each work of art. Fauvism depicts the emotional charge that the artist possesses.


They emphasize self-expression. They also emphasize emotional attitudes. The colors that are used are more and more vicious and the substance of the art has a symbolic tint.


This characteristic of modern art focuses on the canvas. Thus, it raises several points of view. Some authors in this context speak of 2 stages and they are Analytic Cubism and Synthetic cubism.

Futurism/dynamic cubism

This style of modern art aims to display the manifestation of the speed, movement and the rhythmic repetition of the objects that are there on the canvas.

Non-figurative or abstract art

Many authors believe that non-figurative or abstract art is within cubism. However, the difference between cubism and abstract art is that the art in abstract art is of a more abstract type. Such abstract art is constructed from geometry.


This characteristic of modern art is based on two-dimensionality. It uses straight lines as well as primary colors. The objective of this type of art is to divest itself of the particular to manifest the purity of the art form.

Dadaist movement

The Dadaist movement is yet another characteristic of modern art.


This characteristic of art tries to convey the unconscious using a figurative style.

Second vanguards

The second vanguards came to limelight post the 2nd World War. This characteristic of art expresses a revolutionized society with capitalist consumption. This art begins to have an ironic as well as a funny tone. This type of art characteristic gave rise to Pop Art which is characterized by expressing artworks in a movement.

Conceptual art, abstract expressionism

These are regarded as the last artistic expression before postmodernity. They highlight the consumer society that is prevalent at that time. It also has a requirement to raise awareness as well as intellectualize art. From 1968 onwards, this artistic stage slowly disappeared and in came postmodernism.