Claude Monet, London, Houses of Parliament, 1904, oil on canvas, 32.1” x 36.4”, Musée d’Orsay, Paris. Claude Monet, Public domain, via Wikimedia Commons.

Just a Second: avant-garde

Avant-garde (noun)

A military term meaning, “advance force,” that was adopted by French artists and critics in the nineteenth century to describe innovative art.

The Impressionists were the first avant-garde artists.  Their colorful and sketchy paintings were radically new.


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