Who were the "Wild Beasts" of Colour?

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Who were the "wild beasts" of colour?



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The "wild beasts of colour" is how art-critic Louis Vauxcelles described the vividly coloured pictures being painted by the Fauvism art movement of 1905. 





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Fauvism refers to a short-lived colourist painting movement which formed around artist friends in Paris around the turn of the century. The word Fauves means "wild beasts", and was coined by art-critic Louis Vauxcelles to describe the group's vividly coloured pictures.


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The Fauvism movement began to gain respect when major art buyers, such as Gertrude Stein, took an interest. The leading artists involved were Matisse, Rouault, Derain, Vlaminck, Braque and Dufy. Although short-lived (1905-8), Fauvism was extremely influential in the evolution of 20th century art.








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