Yep. Fauvism. You knew this one, didn’t you! I knew it because I’d read about fauvism and had even written a blog post about it: Hunting the Wild Beasts. I did a second post a few days later when I played with fauvism — Fauve Fun — as part of a painting exercise.
The definition of this colorful art movement is this:
Fauvism is the style of les Fauves, a group of early 20th-century modern artists whose works emphasized painterly qualities and strong color over the representational or realistic values retained by impressionism. While Fauvism as a style began around 1904 and continued beyond 1910, the movement as such lasted only a few years (1905-1908) and had three exhibitions.
Henri Matisse is perhaps the artist most-closely associated with fauvism. His “Woman with a Hat”, painted in 1906, is a good example of the fauvist style:
Fauvism is not my favorite art style, yet it is fun to play around with colors. It’s good, too, for us to explore color as an element of composition, and of course, we can all grow as artists by considering the importance of personal expression. Without a doubt, fauvism was an important part of art history. Although short-lived, the fauvist movement opened the art world up for new ways of approaching painting.