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fauvism n : an art movement launched in 1905 whose work was characterized by bright and non-natural colors and simple forms; influenced the expressionists

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From French les fauves, 'the wild beasts'


  1. An artistic movement of the last part of the 19th century which emphasized spontaneity and the use of extremely bright colors.

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Les Fauves (French for The Wild Beasts) were a short-lived and loose grouping of early 20th century Modern artists whose works emphasized painterly qualities and strong colour over the representational values retained by Impressionism. While Fauvism as a style began around 1900 and continued beyond 1910, the movement as such lasted only three years, 1905–1907, and had three exhibitions.The leaders of the movement were Henri Matisse and André Derain. Fauvism can be classified as an extreme development of Van Gogh's Post-Impressionism fused with the pointillism of Seurat and Paul Gauguin, who in 1888 had said to Paul Sérusier: Fauvism can also be seen as a mode of Expressionism. a controversial professor at the École des Beaux-Arts in Paris and a Symbolist painter, he taught Matisse, Marquet, Manguin, Roualt and Camoin during the 1890s, and was viewed by critics as the group's philosophical leader until Matisse was recognized as such in 1904. Moreau's broad-mindededness, originality and affirmation of the expressive potency of pure colour was inspirational for his students. Matisse said of him, "He did not set us on the right roads, but off the roads. He disturbed our complacency." Russell was an Impressionist painter; Matisse had never previously seen an Impressionist work directly, and was so shocked at the style that he left after ten days, saying, "I couldn't stand it any more." Henri Rousseau was not a Fauve, but his large jungle scene The Hungry Lion Throws Itself on the Antelope was exhibited near Matisse's work and may have had an influence on the pejorative used. Image:The Turning Road, L´Estaque.jpg|Andre Derain, The Turning Road, L´Estaque 1906, The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston
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