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Entries in Fauvism (10)


Fauvism at its Finest

Emile-Othon Friesz - Private collection - circa 1900 - Height: 35 cm (13.78 in.), Width: 26.8 cm (10.55 in.) - oil on panel (click photo for larger image)French artist Emile-Othon Friesz ( 1879-1949) was a Fauve painter born in Le Havre, the son of a long line of shipbuilders and sea captains. He went to school in his native city—where he met his lifelong friend, Raoul Dufy, featured in this work. Dufy was also a Fauvist. “Fauvism was the first of the avant-garde movements that flourished in France in the early years of the twentieth century. The Fauve painters were the first to break with Impressionism as well as with older, traditional methods of perception. Their spontaneous, often subjective response to nature was expressed in bold, undisguised brushstrokes and high-keyed, vibrant colors directly from the tube.” Metropolitan Museum of Art.


Kees van Dongen: The Sensual Fauve

Kees van Dongen - Modjesko, Soprano Singer - 1908 - Oil on canvas - 39 3/8 x 32" (100 x 81.3 cm) - Museum of Modern Art (MoMa) NY (click photo for larger image)Kees van Dongen (1877-1968) was a Dutch Fauve painter who enjoyed great success with his portraits—particularly those of women. Although sometimes quite garish—the portraits also had a sensuality about them that the public of the day enjoyed.


Kees van Dongen - Fierce Among the Fauves

Kees van Dongen - Le Coquelicot (The Corn Poppy) - c. 1919 - Oil on canvas - 21 1/2 x 18 in - Museum of Fine Arts, Houston (click photo for larger image)Dutch Fauvist painter, Kees van Dongen (1877-1968) was one of the most imaginative modernists. He came to notice as a result of his sensuous--sometimes gawdy--portraits. Fauvism was a movement all about violent color--a perfect vocabulary for this ingenious artist!


Bathers with a Turtle - Matisse

Henri Matisse French, 1869-1954 Bathers with a Turtle, 1908 oil on canvas 70 1/2 x 86 3/4 inches Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Pulitzer, Jr. 24:1964


CHICAGO (AP).- A new exhibition at the Art Institute of Chicago takes a close — sometimes even microscopic — look at one short and enigmatic phase in the 65-year-long artistic career of France's Henri Matisse.

Matisse, who lived from 1869 to 1954, is often seen as the least controversial and the most serene of the great 20th century modernists. Though his occasional early sculptures are darker, Matisse's paintings and prints seem to live in a sunny place outside of time. Their tone of bright calm makes their reproductions favored decor for hospital corridors.

Looking at them, you would not know that Matisse lived through both world wars and the Great Depression, or that Paris fell to enemy troops twice in his lifetime — in 1871 and 1940.

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The Movement of Picasso

Pablo Picasso The Old Fisherman (Salmereon) 1895, Museu de Montserrat, Barcelona

Whenever I revisit the works of Pablo Picasso I discover new aspects and elements to his art and am in awe of his perpetual evolution. In surveys of Modern Art, I tell students that the broadest, most well-known movements within the period are Fauvism, Cubism, Expressionism, Dada, Surrealism, and Picasso. He cannot be categorized--and he influenced virtually all of his contemporaries, as well as the artists of later generations. His influence continues to be felt today One of my favorite class exercises is to show slides of 8 or 10 paintings--none of them with captions underneath--and ask students to try and name the artists who created these works. They come up with all kinds of answers. But...the answer is that all of the paintings I show were created by Picasso. Who would have thought--for example--that the painting shown here is a Picasso?

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