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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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Noun1.fauvist - a member of a group of French painters who followed fauvism
painter - an artist who paints
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In the words of Raoul Dufy, the French Fauvist painter, "There is one thing certain about the colour Blue - it is the only colour, which maintains its own character in all its tones.
Apart from her vivid impressionistic and fauvist paintings of manifold plants and flora, she also creates art with surreal and social realist undertones, depicting vagrants and children in the streets.
Among the nature oriented works at the Harvard Art Museums are 18th-century Japanese Landscape Screens (in Chinese ink on gold foil) depicting a rural fishing village free from spiritual pollution or a scene of cranes beneath a pine tree, Scholar Stones from China (representing mountains in traditional gardens, these eroded rocks have interesting patterns of perforations), and variety of paintings: a modernist, fauvist oil painting from 1909 titled, "The Trees" by French artist Andre Lhote with precise naturalism, Paul Cezanne's work, "Study of Trees" with paint applied in diagonal brushstrokes suggesting movement flickering across the surface, and bucolic landscapes by Henri Rousseau imbued with a sense of fantasy.
In the main sale, the auction record for Kandinsky was broken twice over, the first time when the vivid Fauvist Murnau--Landschaft mit grunem Haus of 1909 changed hands on target for 20.
After experimenting with post-impressionism and cubism, I became known as a Fauvist and developed the style known as stenographic.
Her painting is fauvist, expressionistic and semi-abstract.
Barely any canvas is visible in the diptych Heel, Sit, Stay, 1977, whose wonderful title may allude to the artist's beloved German shepherds but is an easy enough command for the viewer to obey: One is immobile before the work, sucked into Mitchell's almost Fauvist placement of thick, vertically adjacent patches of color.
Both in a pre-expressionist, fauvist variant, and also in formulas created within the expressionistic groups, The deck and The blue knight, the aesthetic begins by intensifying emotion (against all rules and techniques), by asserting the emotion to dislodge or explode the shape (in the abstractionist perspective).
There are also pieces from his dear friend the late Pierre Paulin--one of the most important private collections of historic haute couture--and a lot of Julian Schnabel, another close friend since the '80s and whose fauvist, rough bronze racks display the clothes in Alaia's rue de Moussy shop.
Kazem was learning to play the oud and his interest in art history panned through a gamut of Impressionist and Fauvist artists such as Cezanne, Monet, Matisse and Van Gogh.
Max has been successively called a Pop Icon, Neo Fauvist, Abstract Expressionist, and the United States "Painter Laureate.
A follower of fauvist style, the artist has used strong colours, and prominent vibrant hues.