|Les Demoiselles D'Avignon, |
But it was the first ten years that were the most explosive. They constituted the academicians worst nightmare. These staid gentlemen saw what had been laughed at in the old Salon de Refuse become venerated, and gradually to be regarded as itself old-fashioned while right before their horrified eyes art seemed to be rapidly sliding into a chaos of ugly, degenerative forms. This denouement (unfolding) was a calamity their fathers and forefathers had warned would happen if radical painting styles such as Impressionism were allowed to go unchecked.
The art scene was viewed by academic stalwarts as something akin to socialism, communism, or even anarchy. Sometimes it was a little of all three. Worse, the new order represented by the young Turks, often felt that it had to wreck every traditional element of the old guard in order to see their art survive and grow. They were out not just to change art, but to change the world. The revolution was an unstoppable international force.