What is avant-garde?

  • (adj): Radically new or original.
    Example: "An avant-garde theater piece"
    Synonyms: daring
    See also — Additional definitions below


Avant-garde ; from French, "advance guard" or "vanguard") is a French term used in English as a noun or adjective to refer to people or works that are experimental or innovative, particularly with respect to art, culture, and politics.

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Cinema Of Italy - Avant-garde
... Between 1911 and 1919, Italy was the first country to start a new avant-garde movement in the cinema production, inspired by the Futurism movement in that country ...

More definitions of "avant-garde":

  • (noun): Any creative group active in the innovation and application of new concepts and techniques in a given field (especially in the arts).
    Synonyms: vanguard, van, new wave

Famous quotes containing the word avant-garde:

    Life is difficult for those who have the daring to first set out on an unknown road. The avant-garde always has a bad time of it.
    Anton Pavlovich Chekhov (1860–1904)

    The avant-garde is now stranded in the past.
    Mason Cooley (b. 1927)

    An avant-garde man is like an enemy inside a city he is bent on destroying, against which he rebels; for like any system of government, an established form of expression is also a form of oppression. The avant-garde man is the opponent of an existing system.
    Eugène Ionesco (b. 1912)