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An early 20th-century movement in painting begun by a group of French artists and marked by the use of bold, often distorted forms and vivid colors.

[French fauvisme, from fauve, wild animal, from fauve, wild, reddish-yellow, from Old French falve, reddish-yellow, from Frankish *falw-; see pel- in Indo-European roots.]

fau′vist adj.


an early movement in 20th-century painting characterized by an emphasis on the use of unmixed bright colors for emotional and decorative effect. — Fauvist, n. — Fauve, n., adj.
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(c. 1905–07) A shortlived but influential movement of artists surrounding Matisse, characterized by daring, spontaneous handling of paint in bold, brilliant, often nonrepresentational color. “Fauve” means “wild beast,” a critic’s response to a 1905 exhibition of works by Matisse and others.
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Noun1.fauvism - an art movement launched in 1905 whose work was characterized by bright and nonnatural colors and simple forms; influenced the expressionists
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We are exhibiting very rare lithographs by Matisse and other Fauvism painters.
Taste evolves--mine is not the same as it was 30,20, even 10 years ago--but the base of everything is modern paintings: cubism, Fauvism, Die Brucke.
Menus include signature dishes whimsically aligned with three of the exhibit's featured art movements: Cubism, Fauvism and Surrealism.
And in "My Eternal Fauve," the author bathes and exalts his human significant "other" in the colors of fauvism, exemplified by Matisse and his muse of vivid color: "your eyes burst into hazel fires, / and your hair becomes a whirlpool / of pink and yellow rivers, / and your face turns into a blue sail // fading off into a lavender sky / and a mauve sea, / and your arms and legs like trees / curl 'round an orange sun, // and your breasts burn like flowers in heat, / and your soul descends into a purple ravine .
In the discussion of Fauvism, Mansfield and the innocent eye, two crucial elements will come into play: drawing and colour.
children 8-12 will be introduced to Fauvism art, 2 p.
This is undoubtedly true of the modernist movement that began at the turn of the century, when the fauvism of The Rite of Spring and the expressionism of [Schoenberg's] Erwartung reached a level of musical energy never heard before.
William was exposed to Fauvism as early as 1911 during his studies in Paris (he and Marguerite met there while they were taking classes at the Academie de la Palette.
Fauvism threw a challenge but could only finish second.
Those interested in Dali's surrealist style can concentrate on Rostom's pieces; or, for those fans of fauvism, check out Ibrahim El Tanbouli's paintings.
And to that you can add Expressionism, Fauvism and Modernism - the latter of which Chagall was a recognised pioneer of, for good measure.
Films such as The Big Clock (John Farrow, 1948), Bluebeard, Born to Be Bad (Nicholas Ray, 1950), Guest in the House (John Brahm, 1944), The Locket, The Man in the Net (Michael Curtiz, 1959), Scarlet Street and The Two Mrs Carrolls feature artist characters who paint portraits that, in contrast with the country-club realism of the portraits in other films, are marked by a wide variety of late nineteenth-century and early twentieth-century non-naturalist styles ranging from impressionism, fauvism, expressionism and cubism to surrealism.