The term style comes from the Latin and means in the origin "writing style". In art, a art style refers to the characteristics of a generation of artists or artists from one and the same school.
Art periods are generally referred to as superordinate classes of art attribution, which also derive from the passage of time. For example, the leading styles of art from the 19th to the 20th century are called Modern. By contrast, post-1945 art styles are referred to as Postmodern periods.