Avant la lettre  

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Surrealism avant la lettre from the Bizzarie di varie figure (1624) by Giovanni Battista Braccelli
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Surrealism avant la lettre from the Bizzarie di varie figure (1624) by Giovanni Battista Braccelli

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Train wreck at Montparnasse (October 22, 1895) by Studio Lévy and Sons.
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Avant la lettre (Latin ante litteram) is a French phrase used to describe something or someone seen as a precursor or forerunner of something (such as an artistic or political movement) before that something was recognized and named, e.g. "a post-modernist avant la lettre", "a feminist avant la lettre"; the expression literally means before the letter, i.e. "before it had a name". It is also called ahead of its time.

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