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Fauvism

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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, colours, 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 relationship, their achievements and the critical and commercial response to their work are all discussed in this absorbing book.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 216 pages
  • 148 x 209 x 13.97mm | 420g
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 147 Illustrations, black and white; 24 Illustrations, color
  • 0500202273
  • 9780500202272
  • 195,249

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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.
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Table of contents

The path to colour; in the face of nature; marketing the new; landscape in Fauvism; dreams of other spaces; a new grand manner.
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About Sarah Whitfield

Sarah Whitfield is an art historian, writer and curator. She is co-author of the Rene Magritte Catalogue Raisonne, and serves on the authentication committee for the Estate of Francis Bacon.
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