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Fauvism (World of Art)by Sarah Whitfield
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Les Fauves (the wild beasts) was the nickname given in 1905 to a group of painters led by Henri Matisse. Today, their paintings are among the most popular of all twentieth-century art. Yet when Matisse and his friends - Derain, Vlaminck, Marquet, Dufy and Braque among them - first exhibited their work, the reaction of public and critics was astonishment and often hostility. Using strong, even strident, colors, applied in a manner deriving from Cezanne, Gauguin and Van Gogh, the Fauves took painting back to its basic principles, inspired by primitive art, popular prints and children's paintings, and paved the way to Cubism. The artists, their work, their relationships, their achievements and the critical and commercial response to their work are discussed in this absorbing book, the first in many years to offer a reappraisal of Fauvism.
Les Fauvres (the wild beasts) was the nickname given in 1905 to a group of painters led by Henri Matisse and including Derain, Vlaminck, Braque and Dufy. This work offers a reappraisal of this popular movement and discusses all its aspects - the artists, their works and their achievements.
"A remarkable, comprehensive achievement."--The New York Times Book Review
An absorbing reappraisal of Les Fauves--their ideas, paintings and the critical response to their works.
Includes bibliographical references (p. 206-207) and index.
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