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A Beginner’s Guide to Art History

How do art movements fit together, and is there more than one story?

A Bar at the Folies-Bergère (1882) by Édouard Manet. Oil on canvas. Courtauld Institute of Art, London. Source Wikimedia Commons.

When I first began learning about the history of art, I remember I wanted to understand one thing above all. I wanted to know the timeline. In other words, the grand story of one-style-followed-by-the next: Romanticism, Impressionism, Post-Impressionism, Cubism, and so on.

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