What is the Avant-Garde? Art Movements & Styles

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The 'avant-garde' is often used to describe something new or cutting-edge in art but where did the term come from and what does it mean?
Who are the avant-garde and what did they do to become to be known as such?

Emerging in the mid-19th century, the avant-garde received their name for their fighting spirit. Avant-garde is French for ‘vanguard’; a military term used to describe the front-line of an army moving into battle. Artists were compared with these soldiers, as they were often a group force, challenging long-established concepts and ideas about art and fighting an entrenched establishment.

The early avante-garde artists such as Courbet, Gauguin and Kirchner were regarded with great hostility, because they pushed accepted boundaries. As these establishments denied the work public exposure, the avant-garde fought this censorship of their art.



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I always hear this term on music artists, films and arts 🌟

Author — Ariel Alejandro Barría Almanza

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Avant garde today is best illustrated in the novel "Confessions of a Flash Artist" in which what was traditionally frowned upon is elevated into an art form.

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Feels like compositional aesthetic minus some traditional necessity of professionalism of fine art.

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I wasn't aware of the term 'Avant-Garde' so I'm here after the fashion is becoming a thing.

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Is taping a banana to the wall avant-garde?

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Lol they just wanted to piss people off

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me coming to this video because France become an avant-garde nation

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Do all Scottich people pronounce the "r" (quite contrary to most of their English neighbors)?

Author — Jesús Alejandro Gutiérrez Sulbarán

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Avant garde, postmodern, dada, surrealist

Author — Jarred Gilbert

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I asked my prof if the feminist movement is avant-garde and she said "no", but she has never given me an explanation. Is this true or false?

Author — Gabbie Celis

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Me: I give you "Teddy in acrylic cube"
Art connoisseur: ah I see brilliant, you're showing how the inner child that is trapped behind an invisible cell, that freedom is within sight but can't escape, and seeing that the bear is unraveling shows that it's aged and might come from a troubled home I say you did an excellent job.
Me: uh I just got bored and went to get resin and a thrift store bear to see what would happen, why am I even here for?

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Want avant garde? I have some, come and watch

Author — Erez Yoffe

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I feel I am an avantgarde too not sure

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Che alguien q venga por el quentin? Porq no entendi un pingo

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When you read way into a collage that was slapped together 1 hour away from it reveal.

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I came here because of Franz Ferdinand

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