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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
art movement, artistic movement - a group of artists who agree on general principles
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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.
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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.
Even after the decline of Fauvism, Matisse continued on with his style and studied middle-eastern art for further inspiration, helping to push his use of color in more exotic directions.
I'm inspired by expressionism, impressionism and fauvism -- blending the paint directly on the canvas," he said.
Samuel Peploe, John Duncan Fergusson, Francis Cadell and George Leslie Hunter (who exhibited just as Leslie Hunter) shook up the Scottish art world in the years before the First World War with their vibrant canvases, influenced by French Impressionism and its artistic wild child, Fauvism.
In this regard, fauvism starts deepening the work in a raw physical matter (by internalizing the aspirations of naturalism in "subjective naturalism"):
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Over the years, Wally Findlay Galleries has showcased many different genres, from French Impressionism, to Fauvism, to Post-impressionism and the School of Paris.
She specialized in portraiture and ignored contemporary artistic trends such as Cubism and Fauvism.
His early work was influenced by Fauvism, Cubism, Catalan folk art and Roman frescoes.