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Fauvism For artists the twentieth century began five years late Late it might have been but when it got going it was decades ahead of its time In 1905 nothing was as modern as modern art It was to remain that way throughout the century There are many people who still fail to understand the art introduced in 1905 over seventy years ago That first modern art appeared in an exhibition in Paris in 1905 Among the participating artists was one of the centurys most famous Hentri Matisse Along with Matisses art were works by Maurice de Vlaminck Andre Derain and Georges Rouault Today the works of these artists hang in museums but in 1905 they werent yet famous To the public they were infamous Their paintings were so shocking that one newspaper critic called them the work of Fauves a French word meaning wild beasts The name stuck so that all the artists who exhibited in that 1905 show were ever after called Fauves and their paintings were dubbed Fauve art The name Fauve was given to the art of Matisse Vlaminck and their colleagues even though they didnt work with a common principle And as years passed their personal art changed Paintings done by some at the end of their careers little resembled those done at the beginning Still the name Fauve continued to be used These were the pioneering artists of the twentieth century and their art Fauve painting was the pioneering movement of our century Theory The fauve artists had no single or unifying principle of art Perhaps that was necessary for the centurys pioneering movement Their one basic theory was experimentation Thats what shocked the 1905 French Public Their art was so experimental that it resembled nothing gallery visitors had ever seen before Fauve art doesnt seem so radical today Thats because their interest in experimentation became the guiding principle of almost all twentieth century
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