In 1850, one of the most controversial art movements began in France. Those artists who identified with this movement called themselves the avant-garde. In French, avant-garde means, “advanced guard,” and it was originally a military term to describe the leading units of an advancing army.
These artists saw themselves in exactly that way, but their battle, their mission, was against society as a whole. They wanted to tear down the status quo and to force people to question their beliefs, their standards, morals. They wanted to push against societal boundaries and those rising to defend them, whether they were other artists, religious leaders, or rulers.
- Acts 11:1 - 18