Definition of Fauvism in English:



  • A style of painting with vivid expressionistic and nonnaturalistic use of color that flourished in Paris from 1905 and, although short-lived, had an important influence on subsequent artists, especially the German expressionists. Matisse was regarded as the movement's leading figure.

    ‘His style reminds somewhat of French fauvism or German expressionism.’
    • ‘He responded to some extent to post-impressionism and symbolism, but he disappointed critics who were coming to terms with cubism, fauvism, surrealism, and abstraction, which he despised.’
    • ‘Pre-Columbian art's contribution to modernism fails to fit into the teleologically reconstructed development from post-impressionism, fauvism, and cubism to abstract expressionism.’
    • ‘In this respect, visually speaking, the film will be slightly reminiscent of fauvism.’
    • ‘With that picture, painted in his sixty-fifth year, he reverts, this time with success, to the fauvism with which he began.’



/ˈfōˌvizəm/ /ˈfoʊˌvɪzəm/


French fauvisme, from fauve ‘wild beast’. The name originated from a remark of the French art critic Louis Vauxcelles at the Salon of 1905; coming across a quattrocento-style statue in the midst of works by Matisse and his associates, he is reputed to have said, ‘Donatello au milieu des fauves!’ (‘Donatello among the wild beasts’).