The History of Art And The Curious Lives of Famous Artists


Search:: Artists Alphabetically   Symbolism   50 Greatest Paintings   Art Movements

The Fauves


The name Fauve, means "Wild Beasts" in French

The Fauvist movement was the high-spirited stepchild
 pointillism and impressionism. The exuberant 20th-century art movement was led by Henri Matisse. The Fauves emphasized vivid colors, hearty brushstrokes and simplified forms. The subject matter of the Fauve painters is generally lighthearted. They favored seascapes, the French countryside, portraits,  nudes, and domestic interiors. The Fauve palette is what set them apart. Fauvists used paint directly from the tube and never mixed their colors. They favored deep reds, oranges, and bright greens.  The Fauve colors seemed intense and tasteless, even offensive to art critics of the time. Matisse stated "In art, truth and reality begin when one no longer understands what one is doing or what one knows, and when there remains an energy that is all the stronger for being constrained, controlled and compressed"

This new style of paintings was a reflection of the transformation that was taking place in Europe, the change from the restrictive Victorian age to a more enlightened, tolerant society. Raoul Dufy asserted, "I don't follow any system. All the laws you can lay down are only so many props to be cast aside when the hour of creation arrives."

When the Fauvists held their first exhibit, the daring forms and vivid colors outraged the Paris art world. Critics stormed out and threw glasses of wine at some of the paintings. One critic, Marcel Dupree, was so aghast at the Fauvist paintings he vomited outside the gallery and took to his bed for several weeks.

 The Fauvist movement reflects a number of influences including: Japanese woodblock prints, and French artists, Paul Cezanne and Paul Gauguin. 

Masters Painters  of the Fauve Style and Art Movement

 Raoul Dufy (1877-1953)

Maurice Vlaminck (1876-1958)

Matisse (1869-1954)

Henri Manguin (1874-1949)

Georges Braque (1882-1963)

 Franz Marc (1880-1916)

André Derain (1880-1954)




Search for Artists by Century
Important Painters Born in the 13th Century
Important Painters Born in the 14th Century
Important Painters Born in the 15th Century
Important Painters Born in the 16th Century
Important Painters Born in the 17th Century
Important Painters Born in the 18th Century
Important Painters Born in the 19th Century


Require more facts and information about the Fauves  Search Here


If you feel you have worthwhile information you would like to contribute we would love to hear from you. We collect essential biographical information and artist quotes from folks all over the globe and appreciate your participation. When submitting please, if possible, site the source and provide English translation.  Please submit your comment to the editor, via e-mail and if possible site the source. Thank you!

© If you like this page and wish to share it, you are welcome to link to it, with our thanks.

copyright 1999 - 2011