I think that the main contribution of fauvism, as the first art movement of the new century, is the fact that fauvists took what they had learned from previous experience and broke their ideals. What I mean is that they took the rules that they set up for themselves and broke out from them. Fauvists looked to other cultures and ideas for inspiration. For example, Matisse was an early collector of African sculpture. As a result, he ended up drawing influence from what he was interested in. My favorite fauvist painting is Blue Nude by Matisse. It takes the ideals of academy training and the importance of anatomy, and turns them on themselves.
Posted By: Eric Christiansen