Robert Antoine Pinchon, Le Marche de Pont Audemer Public Domain via Wikimedia Commons.
The Style Is Best Known For
- Frolicking nudes by Henri Matisse
- Landscapes, still lives, and human figures in surprising colors
What, Where, and When?
Paintings and drawings, France, 1905-1908. (Yes, it’s really that simple.)
How to Recognize It
- Lots of bright colors – mainly primaries and secondaries.
- The colors used aren’t what you would expect – an apple might be blue or the sky might be orange.
- The paint is thick and textured.
- Some paintings may have some sense of depth; others don’t.
- Three dimensionality (when it appears) is shown through patches of different colors placed next to each other.
Fauvism grew out of Post Impressionism, particularly the work of Vincent van Gogh. Artists were inspired by van Gogh’s brilliant and surprising colors, thick paint, and unique point of view. They set out to do something similar, playing around with color for color’s…
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