This is one “ism” I really dislike. I get that they brought color out a new way by abandoning the small blocks of color but they also abandoned any real structure. And if I have to be subjected to one more piece of Matisse’s work I might choke so I won’t add to all of the images that are sure to pop up over the next few days. However this quote probably defines the movement the best:
” Fauvism is a movement in French painting that revolutionized the concept of color in modern art. Fauves earned their name (“les fauves”-wild beasts) by shocking exhibit visitors on their first public appearance, in 1905.
At the end of the nineteenth century, neo Impressionist painters were already using pure colors, but they applied those colors to their canvases in small strokes. The fauves rejected the impressionist palette of soft, shimmering tones in favor of radical new style, full of violent color and bold distortions.
These painters never formed a movement in the strict sense of the word, but for years they would nurse a shared ambition, before each went his separate and more personal way.”