avant-garde

works that are experimental or innovative

The avant-garde (; In French: [avɑ̃ɡaʁd] 'advance guard' or 'vanguard', literally 'fore-guard') are people or works that are experimental, radical, or unorthodox with respect to art, culture, or society. It is frequently characterized by aesthetic innovation and initial unacceptability.The avant-garde pushes the boundaries of what is accepted as the norm or the status quo, primarily in the cultural realm. The avant-garde is considered by some to be a hallmark of modernism, as distinct from postmodernism. Many artists have aligned themselves with the avant-garde movement, and still continue to do so, tracing their history from Dada through the Situationists and to postmodern artists such as the Language poets around 1981.The avant-garde also promotes radical social reforms. It was this meaning that was evoked by the Saint Simonian Olinde Rodrigues in his essay, "L'artiste, le savant et l'industriel" ("The artist, the scientist and the industrialist", 1825). This essay contains the first use of "avant-garde" in its now customary sense; there, Rodrigues called on artists to "serve as [the people's] avant-garde", insisting that "the power of the arts is indeed the most immediate and fastest way" to social, political and economic reform.
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movement: avant-garde

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César Vallejo

Peruvian writer

Works

24

Los heraldos negros

poetry anthology by César Vallejo

author: César Vallejo

1919

Spain, take this cup from me

poemario póstumo de César Vallejo

author: César Vallejo

1939

Trilce

poety anthology by César Vallejo

author: César Vallejo

El tungsteno

novel by César Vallejo

author: César Vallejo

1931

El vencedor

short story by César Vallejo

author: César Vallejo

1967

Author

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Joan Oliver i Sallarès

Catalan poet and playwright

Works

7

Corrandes d'exili

1947 poem written by Joan Oliver i Sallarès

author: Joan Oliver i Sallarès

1947

Ball robat

1954 play written by Joan Oliver i Sallarès

author: Joan Oliver i Sallarès

1954

La fam

play written by Joan Oliver i Sallarès

author: Joan Oliver i Sallarès

Vacances pagades

Poem by Joan Oliver

author: Joan Oliver i Sallarès

1961

Author

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Pablo Palacio

Ecuadorian writer

Author

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Ilarie Voronca

French writer

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