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Best Fauvism Painting Books

Post by: adminbc 4:41 AM Tue, March 19th 2013



The word Fauvism is given to the paintings done by the group of painters known as les Fauves. The name of the group denotes ‘the wild beasts’. The paintings done by the group are characterized by painterly qualities and strong colors rather than the realistic or representational works done in the Impressionism movement. The movement started in 1900 and continued well beyond 1910 but the main years in which the movement was concentrated are 1904-08. The two painters who headed this art movement were Henri Matisse and Andre Derain. The Movement had only three exhibitions during the glory years and largely petered out after the said period.


The basic idea behind the paintings in the Fauvism Movement was wild brush work which seemed to denote abstraction and simplification. Apart from Matisse and Derain, some other artists who were flag-bearers of this movement were Maurice Marinot, Jean Puy, Henri Manguin, Othon Friesz and Louis Valtat. A closer study of the Fauvism paintings reveals that the work was a combination of Van Gogh’s Post Impressionism and the Pointillism of Seurat and a few other Neo-Impressionist painters, primarily Paul Signac.


Fauvism, during its years of existence, was generally seen as a mode of Expressionism. Some of the books that can afford a better insight into the Fauvist Movement and the artists who composed the group of les Fauves include John Elderfield’s ‘Wild Beasts, Fauvism and its Affinities’ and ‘The Fauve Landscape’ by Judi Freeman.




 

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