Modern art began at the end of the 19th century and included artists from the first half of the 20th century. However, the end of this era changed in a few decades. It covers the period from today to the 1970s.
Contemporary art includes all styles of artistic production. The beginning of this period has changed over time. Currently, this period began in the 1980s and continues until 2017.
While classical paintings, even on huge canvases, have reached the level of detailed works of art, modern works of art can be satisfied by simply painting a blank canvas white or bright blue. Not everyone can paint Renaissance-style canvases, and many people feel they can produce contemporary works of art.