What is Fauvism?

Fauvism is a painting style in which proponents believe in the use of color as a massive emotional force. Over the years, Fauvist have radically altered the color and shape changing the art to the new level. This style usually marked by expression of feelings in colors, use simplified lines to expressively reveal the subject and theme of the painting.

History of Fauvism

Fauvism began in 1905, and though it was a short-lived movement, it included a group of artists who used deep, more intense color than the work of the Impressionists. With simplified lines the subjects were easy to decipher, objects were painted in any color and the perspectives were more exaggerated.

The first exhibition by the fauves held at the Salon Automne in Paris in 1905, shocked the public and art critics of the time. The colors were put straight onto the canvas directly from the tubes, without being mixed, something no artist had experimented with before. A well known Fauvist Henri Matisse aim was to use art as decoration such as in his most famous Fauve painting entitled, 'Luxe, Calme and Plaisir,' translating from French as, 'Luxury, Calm and Pleasure.’

Properties of Fauvism

Rough and clumsy, intense, vivid, unnatural color, distortion, was the emotional, driving force of Fauvism. The movement which not so popular at the time, gained some respect when modern art buyers began to show interest. Unlike Impressionism, it presented hyper emotionalism, shocking, violent colors, lines, shapes, distorted forms, with no glimmer of seeing any representation of the real world.

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