Art that steps outside the realm of realism has always excited and inspired me. Artists whose works depict the world as it "isn't" have served as the impetus for a number of my own endeavors. Some of those styles include, cubism, fauvism, and expressionism. Today's brief focus is on Fauvism.
FAUVISM A short-lived style of painting from early 20th century France. It is recognizable by its bold, clashing, arbitrary colors - hues that would not appear in objects in the natural world. The word "fauve" is French for " wild beast".
Les Fauves, was a small group of modern artists that produced works boasting strong colors - colors characteristic of Impressionist paintings. The movement originated with Gustave Moreau, well known for being a controversial professor of art in Paris. Moreau taught the likes of Matisse, Marquat, and Rouault. Henri Matisse was the most noted of the fauvist students.
Pictured here is "Woman With A Hat" from 1905 by Henri Matisse.