The Brussels magazine L’Art moderne was the platform for all avant-garde tendencies within Belgian art, literature and music. Alongside Maus, Edmond Picard and Emile Verhaeren were also active on the magazine’s editorial board. In confrontational spirit and with radical language, the publication joined the struggle for artistic freedom. The magazine declared the salon system, the patronizing involvement of the government, the conservative press and an apathetic public to be its main enemies.