Social Research Glossary


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Citation reference: Harvey, L., 2012-19, Social Research Glossary, Quality Research International,

This is a dynamic glossary and the author would welcome any e-mail suggestions for additions or amendments. Page updated 23 January, 2019 , © Lee Harvey 2012–2019.


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Modern art

core definition

Modern art refers to Western European and North American art that began in the middle of the 19th century when painters turned away from the traditional concept of 'history' painting that had dominated European art since the Renaissance.

explanatory context

Courbet, among others, argued that art should deal with the real everday natural and social world of common human experience.


Arguably, modern art is concerned with ways of representing reality and is obsessed by the form of that representation as much as its content. This is evident in Cubism.


Modern art is not to be confused with modernism.

analytical review

associated issues


related areas

See also


art history

art criticism


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