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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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Dr Souraya Noujaim, scientific, curatorial and collections management director at Louvre Abu Dhabi, added: "From Cubism and Fauvism to Russian Avant-Garde and other genres, this exhibition will highlight the incredible contributions to Modern art by emigre artists in Paris.
Souraya Noujaim, Scientific, Curatorial and Collections Management Director at Louvre Abu Dhabi, added, "From Cubism and Fauvism to Russian Avant-Garde and other genres, this exhibition will highlight the incredible contributions to Modern art by emigre artists in Paris.
Asmar Narimanbayovacreates herworks in different styles, from fauvism to impressionism, from postimpressionism to cubism and expressionism.
2) dates to the period of the artist's transition away from the simplified forms and glowing colour of Fauvism to his chromatic abstract work.
Raza Ali Shah's work is an amalgamation of art and storytelling on apparels, inspired from the 18th century Fauvism Movement.
He was one of the founders of Fauvism, the first new artistic style of the 20th century.
They depict our studio at The Dubai Atelier in different palettes and styles indicating the huge influence of European movements such as impressionism, post impressionism, expressionism, fauvism and cubism on my work.
Highly influenced by Fauvism, Hallam has a strong affinity for the nineteenth century French Post-Impressionists, Cezanne and Van Gogh.
For instance, Blake swaps the apple in Magritte's surrealist Son Of Man for an orange, and pop artist Peter Blake (he is her dad) looks less moody in his self-portrait, while cubism, fauvism, renaissance art and more, all get a nod.
I was amazed by Western painting and theories such as impressionism, fauvism, and cubism.
She developed her unique way of portraying female figures in an elegant, dreamy style with influences from Fauvism and Cubism.
In these dizzying, tilting scenes, with their ardent surfaces and sometimes multiple, sometimes reverse perspectives, he proves that the legacies of fauvism, cubism, post-impressionism and biomorphic abstraction are ripe for further development " assisted by healthy doses of scale, magnification, spontaneity and saturated colour.