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Fauvism was a short-lived European movement consisting of painters who used spontaneous bold colors to represent a non-naturalistic reality. Fauvism is derived from the French word les Fauves, meaning wild beast. Most of these works had rather simplistic subject matter and were often abstract. It was most active during the early 20th century, and was highly influenced by pointillism and impressionism. Fauvism is believed to be one of the beginning forms of the avant-garde. 


One of the most famous artists resulting from this style was Henri Matisse. He used exuberant color often intensively to present his simple figures and forms. His work is all about color, such as in his pieces like “ Large Reclining Nude,” “Green Stripe (Madame Matisse),” and “Dance.” Another founder of Fauvism was Andre Derain, a French painter. Some of his famous paintings are “The Turning Road, Lestraque.” “Charting Cross Bridge,” and “House of Parliament at Night.” He was radically different as he did city landscapes in a completely new and undone way.


Fauvism was the beginning of the breakdown of traditional standard. It paved the way for the avant-garde, cubism, and modern expressionism. It showed the world what color could do, how it can change meaning, create feeling, and cause commotion.


see also:


Henri Matisse - A well-known fauvism artist who used bold color and simplistic forms to depict his subjects.


Andre Derain - A founder of Fauviusm, who embodied the ideal color for color’s sake, as he painted city landscapes and portraits.





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