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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.
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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
art movement, artistic movement - a group of artists who agree on general principles
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She has used layers of pigment to create different textures on her canvasses to convey the movement, depth, turbulence and bubbling inner energy in and around her island; and she has used a palette of vibrant colours influenced by the bold, bright colours of Matisse and other Fauvists such as Vlaminck and Marquet to express different emotions, moods and ideas.
Apparently Ceret was a popular place to hang out for Fauvists, Cubists, Painters of the School of Paris and other artists in the summers, and for some all year--from 1910 on, and after both world wars.
The art of O'Keeffe belongs to the beginnings of American modernism, with its characteristic emphasis on expression through color, similar to the French Fauvists (11).
She was drawn to this palette at a time when Post-Impressionists and Fauvists were moving toward much more colorful shades.
The rest of Europe saw the Dadaists, Surrealists, Fauvists, Cubists etc along with the artists, Magritte, Picasso (in his more violent paintings) Salvador Dali, Klee and Kokoshka, Miro and others of the same Modernist group, as men and women who were taking art into the 20th century.
Therefore, the hate of Cubists or Fauvists was of political orientation: "if the world and people do not appear as academism represents them, if there is no category of 'objects' to paint and no well delimited technique to make them represented, then the whole system crashes, including individual and collective behavioral attitudes".
Scott names the Fauvists, the German Expressionists, Philip Guston and Cindy Sherman, among contemporary or relatively modem artists, and earlier artists--Gauguin, Rembrandt--in specific paintings.
In more modern terms, his work recalls the fauvists, the French avant-garde movement of the early 20th century, and their spontaneous expressions in potent color used directly from the tube.
"Those were artists I could relate to and understand," she says of viewing works by Van Gogh, Monet, Gauguin and others in the Impressionists, Expressionists and Fauvists realms.
With sunshine virtually guaranteed, we looked south, eventually shunning the often crowded Cote D'Azur for the more sedate pleasures of Roussillon and the stunning Cote Vermeille - a beautiful stretch of coast which hugs the Spanish border and inspired 19th-century Fauvists including acclaimed French artist Henri Matisse.