a French expressionist movement in painting at the beginning of the 20th cent., involving Matisse, Derain, Vlaminck, etc.: it was characterized by bold distortion of form and the use of strong, pure color
Origin of fauvismFrench fauvisme ; from fauve, wild beast, origin, originally adjective , fawn-colored, dun ; from Old French ; from Frankish an unverified form falw ; from Germanic an unverified form falwa, fallow
An early 20th-century movement in painting begun by a group of French artists and marked by the use of bold, often distorted forms and vivid colors.
Origin of fauvismFrench fauvisme, from fauve, wild animal, from fauve, wild, reddish-yellow, from Old French falve, reddish-yellow, from Frankish *falw-; see pel-1 in Indo-European roots.
- An artistic movement of the last part of the 19th century which emphasized spontaneity and the use of extremely bright colors.
From French fauvisme