History

"Avant-Garde" Has Its Origins In The Military

NEWS: The Curiosity Podcast is out! Subscribe on iTunes, Google Play Music, Stitcher, SoundCloud and add the RSS feed to any podcast player. If you love it please consider leaving us a review.

Generally, when you think of the word "avant-garde" you think of art, music, or literature that goes against convention. In simple terms, avant-garde work is a little weird. The meaning of the term originated in military speak, where it referred to the "advanced guard," a group of soldiers that moved ahead in front of the group. This may relate to how we use it to describe the arts in that "avant-garde" artists always seem to be pushing the limits of art. Considered the quintessential example of avant-garde art is the Dada movement-a movement that questioned what art is.

Where Did Avant-Garde Come From?

Watch to see how the avant-garde presents itself in Picasso's work.

If you liked this you'll love our podcast! Check it out on iTunesGoogle Play MusicStitcherSoundCloud, search 'curiosity' on your favorite podcast app or add the RSS Feed URL.

Advertisement