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Fauvism, an early 20th C art movement, consisted of several like-minded artists who were publicly ridiculed for their radical, highly colored paintings. After viewing the 1905 Salon d’Automne exhibition in Paris, art critic Louis Vauxcelles referred to the paintings as Les Fauves – meaning “the savages” or “the wild beasts.” Fauvism would mark the beginning of the twentieth-century artistic avant-garde. The revolutionary style involved using highly saturated colors juxtaposed in flat areas of portraits and landscapes – bringing the possibilities of non-realistic color in painting to the forefront. Artists within the group employed an expressive use of color and decorative compositions which emphasized their inner feelings – rather than natural renditions. And, after an initial artistic upheaval in the art world, the style became a major influence on future art movements. “When I put down a green, it is not grass. When I put down a blue, it is not the sky.” H Matisse
Please join us as we look at the development of a brief, colorful French art movement that did much to spearhead the use of color and emotion in the ‘avant-garde’ of early 20th C art.

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