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fau·vism

 (fō′vĭz′əm)
n.
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.

Fauvism

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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fauvism

(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
art movement, artistic movement - a group of artists who agree on general principles
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Il guide aussi son lecteur dans les differents courants d'expression artistique : impressionnisme, expressionnisme, fauvisme, cubisme, futurisme, abstraction, dadaisme, surrealisme.
En die palet van so 'n herfstuin is so verandeflik, so vry dat 'n mens outomaties aan die fauvisme dink.