Fauvism Art History ~ 173 Slides ~ Fauve Painters ~ Fauvists
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Fauvism comes from the French "Les Fauves". Translated this means "wild beasts".
These painters were early twentieth-century modern artists. Strong, vibrant color was their most well known trait. By the standards of their time, the colors were even considered bizarre. Thus, a portrait could be done in green or blue for the flesh. Nowadays, this would not be considered bizarre but what is important is that the Fauves did it first. The Fauves also valued painterly qualities. In both color and painting style, they wanted to exceed the Impressionists. Muted or sketchy are not adjectives which would ever be used to describe a Fauve painting. It was a brief movement. At most it was the first decade of the twentieth century. Some experts place it as shorter, from 1904–1908, Like any art movement, some of these painters stuck with this style well beyond the specified dates. The Fauvists had three exhibitions. The leaders of the movement were Henri Matisse and André Derain. Those two artists open the presentation.