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09-01-2009, 08:03 AM
September Art Movement...THE FAUVES 1869-1954

This month we are dealing with a lot of color...so please join in. Make a copy of one of the posted paintings or explore and find another you'd rather do. Maybe another artist that is a Fauve and not mentioned. How about one of your own, in the spirit of? Any medium you want. Have fun.


From the Web Museum:



Between 1901 and 1906, several comprehensive exhibitions were held in Paris, making the work of Vincent van Gogh, Paul Gauguin, and Paul Cézanne widely accessible for the first time. For the painters who saw the achievements of these great artists, the effect was one of liberation and they began to experiment with radical new styles. Fauvism was the first movement of this modern period, in which color ruled supreme.

The advent of Modernism if often dated by the appearance of the Fauves in Paris at the Salon d'Automne in 1905. Their style of painting, using non-naturalistic colors, was one of the first avant-garde developments in European art. They greatly admired van Gogh, who said of his own work: ``Instead of trying to render what I see before me, I use color in a completely arbitrary way to express myself powerfully''. The Fauvists carried this idea further, translating their feelings into color with a rough, almost clumsy style. Matisse was a dominant figure in the movement; other Fauvists included Vlaminck, Derain, Marquet, and Rouault. However, they did not form a cohesive group and by 1908 a number of painters had seceded to Cubism.

Fauvism was a short-lived movement, lasting only as long as its originator, Henri Matisse (1869-1954), fought to find the artistic freedom he needed. Matisse had to make color serve his art, rather as Gauguin needed to paint the sand pink to express an emotion. The Fauvists believed absolutely in color as an emotional force. With Matisse and his friends, Maurice de Vlaminck (1876-1958) and André Derain (1880-1954), color lost its descriptive qualities and became luminous, creating light rather than imitating it. They astonished viewers at the 1905 Salon d'Automne: the art critic Louis Vauxcelles saw their bold paintings surrounding a conventional sculpture of a young boy, and remarked that it was like a Donatello ``parmi les fauves'' (among the wild beasts). The painterly freedom of the Fauves and their expressive use of color gave splendid proof of their intelligent study of van Gogh's art. But their art seemed brasher than anything seen before.

During its brief flourishing, Fauvism had some notable adherents, including Rouault, Dufy, and Braque. Vlaminck had a touch of his internal moods: even if The River (c. 1910; 60 x 73 cm (23 1/2 x 28 3/4 in)) looks at peace, we feel a storm is coming. A self-professed ``primitive'', he ignored the wealth of art in the Louvre, preferring to collect the African masks that became so important to early 20th-century art.

Derain also showed a primitive wildness in his Fauve period-- Charing Cross Bridge (1906; 80 x 100 cm (32 x 39 in)) bestrides a strangely tropical London-- though as he aged he quenched his fire to a classic calm. He shared a studio with Vlaminck for a while and The River and Charing Cross Bridge seem to share a vibrant power: both reveal an unselfconscious use of color and shape, a delight in the sheer patterning of things. This may not be profound art but it does give visual pleasure.


LINKS...http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fauvism and Utube


09-01-2009, 08:22 AM

Henri Matisse and Andre Derain are considered the artists who started this movement.



Open Window

ANDRE DERAIN 1880-1954

Portrait of Matisse



09-01-2009, 08:41 AM

RAOUL DUFY 1877-1953 http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Raoul_Du

Sail Boats



KEES van DONGEN 1877-1968 http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kees_van_Dongen



09-01-2009, 09:00 AM

MAURICE de VLAMINCK 1876-1958 http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Maurice_de_Vlaminck

Woman in Hat

Red Field

MARGUERITE ZORACH 1887-1968 http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Marguerite_Zorach

Seated Woman


Fishing Dock

ALBERT MARQUET 1875-1947 http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Albert_Marquet



09-01-2009, 09:11 AM

GEORGES BRAQUE 1882-1963 http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Georges_Braque

He moved on to cubism, but lingered with The Fauves for a while.



There are other artist's images on Utube. See link on first post.
If anyone has an opinion or more info on this movement, please post.


09-01-2009, 09:18 AM
OOOPS! Fauvism ended around 1908, and I have 1954...the year Matisse died. Sorry about that :lol:

09-01-2009, 11:05 AM
I Am So Looking Forward To Studying The Fauves.:clap:

The utube videos are a great introduction to this art movement.

Thanks for a lovely intro with great pix.:thumbsup:

09-01-2009, 08:07 PM
Yes, The Fauves should be fun...all that wonderful color. I had to stick a woman Fauvist in as well, they are so under appreciated as artists. "Loading Dock" is my favorite painting of this group. :heart:

09-02-2009, 12:26 AM
Ooh, lots of good pieces here. They are so colorful!!! This is as good as the Aschan one! Thank you, Janet, for all the references! I'll be so busy!!

09-04-2009, 03:01 PM
Copy after van Dongen.


09-04-2009, 03:18 PM
LG...too wonderful! :) :) :) :) :)

09-05-2009, 12:53 PM
Just superb, Lawrence. I love those eyes...you can see the sky and the sea in them...yummy.

09-05-2009, 03:52 PM
What a wonderful subject. I would love to try my hand at painting in this style. Hope I can download some things and then be able to upload the results. Could go along nicely with my current History of Modern Art class.

09-05-2009, 04:05 PM
Lawrence - Love your color choices and I look forward to seeing more.:clap:

09-05-2009, 06:52 PM
Hi, Schicchi...Glad you stopped by. Please join us at being Fauves, at least for a month. You might like one of our other threads as well.

Hope to see some of your work soon.....Janet :cool:

09-06-2009, 12:52 AM
I love bold colours!

9x12" fluid acrylics:

9x12" soft pastels:

9x12" oil pastels

9x12" oil pastels

9x12" oil pastels


09-06-2009, 03:10 PM
Oh, I plan to join you definitely. I printed out three inspirational paintings to work from, though I probably won't have anything worked on until next week or so.

09-06-2009, 03:12 PM
Eyepaint - I LOVE that camel!!

09-06-2009, 03:54 PM
Schicchi - thanks :)

09-06-2009, 04:54 PM
Eyepaint, the one I like most is the elephant--amazing how that combination of colours can make it look so fluorescent.

Just got back a couple of hours ago from the van Dongen exhibit at the Picasso Museum in Barcelona. What I didn't know is that some of them are so enormous.

A few weeks ago I copied this selfportrait from an art site on the net, but after looking at the original this evening I realized that many of my colours are not right. His hair has Prussian Blue in it, the light colour on his chest, nose, cheek and forehead is really Naples Yellow Dark, and there's blue in his eyes.


Oh, and there's also a Vlaminck exhibit on in Bcn at the moment.

09-07-2009, 09:51 AM
EP..... the camel is my favorite too.

LG....the portrait looks OK to me, but I haven't seen the original.
How wonderful to see a for real van Dongen. Everytime I read about an exhibition I want to see....it's some where too far away to get to. It makes such a difference to see the actual piece of art and not a reproduction.

All this color makes me feel good. :)

09-10-2009, 01:21 PM

Here's one I did a few years ago for a postcard exchange in WC. I called it chapeau...

I haven't had time to do any new 'Fauve' art so far.;)

09-10-2009, 01:22 PM
EP, I love your colours. Especially the hat pic.

09-10-2009, 04:40 PM
June, no time? I didn't have much time today so did this in an hour and 10 minutes. It isn't a very good copy, but it's surprising what one can splish/splash/splosh when time is short, and at least it helps complete my "a painting every day" goal. It's after one of the van Dongens I saw last Sunday, a "Soprano" who was a gypsy transvestite.


09-13-2009, 09:50 AM
Perfect Fauve like painting June and I can hear your gypsy/transvestite/soprano singing LG.

I love all this color, but haven't started mine yet. Maybe a landscape??? :heart:

09-13-2009, 01:16 PM
Here is a tile I did a few months ago that seems to fit the bill.

6"x 6" acrylic on bisque tile


09-15-2009, 02:49 PM
wonderful all of them! I am interested in joining, will see how things progress!

09-15-2009, 07:14 PM
Love the colourful works, Lawrence and Janet.

09-16-2009, 01:20 AM
Pardon me for commenting so late but there are just too much happening in this section. :lol:

Lawrence, very beautiful colors on the lady and very good expression on her and I like the guy's colors!! Very authoritative looking.

Schicchi, it's not too late to join. Please try a few.

EP, really like the elephant and the gentleman with the shades. Definitely Fauvian!!

June, love the chapeau piece. Nice soft colors. So indicative of your work too.

Janet, a very nice vase of flowers there. Love the colors and the transparent vase.

Colleen, please join in too!!!

This one has colors modeled after Andre Derain's Portrait of Matisse (http://www.wetcanvas.com/forums/attachment.php?attachmentid=450421&d=1251807351) and I drew Lee Byung Hun, the guy who played Storm Shadow in the recent movie G.I. Joe, another Korean actor.

Pentel Oil Pastel
Pentalic 130 lbs Nature Sketchbook 11x 8.5 inch
I've laid a watercolor wash of some green and that's why the yellow didn't come through.


If I have to do this again, I wouldn't blend and rub the colors on the top so that the hair wouldn't look different in some parts. I really like this piece and the handling of oil pastel. After a massive piece of soft pastel, I realize how much more sane oil pastel is and so convenient!!

09-16-2009, 03:18 AM

09-16-2009, 03:25 AM
A very expressive piece, Sandra.

09-16-2009, 07:19 AM
Great color Sandra, and he looks very fierce.

Thanks for the link June. I think there are a lot of artists still painting in the Fauve style.

Join us Looby :lol: I do love that name. You have plenty of time. We never completely close shop on the threads and they can run slightly over the end of the month.

Everytime I look at The Fauves I think of a big, beautiful box of Crayolas. :heart:

09-17-2009, 02:37 PM
June, thank you for the extra link. I had so much fun looking at all the pictures at that gallery and saving them.

This is in response to the September Landscape Challenge (http://www.wetcanvas.com/forums/showthread.php?t=581144) and I've done two but one is specifically Fauvian in colors.

This is a sheet of Strathmore Gray Scale paper 9x12 inches (which has texture like Mi-Teintes paper) that is not sanded and I used SMi soft pastels and I'm a lot happier with the bigger sheet this time rather than half sized.


09-21-2009, 07:30 PM
My work is becoming "fauve-cum-expressionist" by the day! An interesting aspect is that the palettes of these two movements were quite similar...Anyone has an insight on this?

Here are a few recent contributions to the WDE (AMAE forum) and a portrait of my mother. Your C&C is very welcome!

09-22-2009, 02:16 AM
Wow, Liz, these are beautiful. Absolutely love the two portraits, especially the last one. It's so intense in colors yet it portrays the somewhat tired look of the person. Very pretty. Is this watercolor? And how big is this portrait? On what paper?

09-22-2009, 03:28 AM
Hi, Sandra! Thanks for comenting. All of them are watercolors, 30x40cm, on lousy student-quality CP paper... I need to upgrade my paper stock urgently!

09-22-2009, 10:39 AM
Sandra, lovely pastel. Looks like a tapestry.

Hi, pincel....beautiful color mix on landscapes and very Fauvist portraits. Nice work :thumbsup:

09-22-2009, 01:12 PM
Sandra, I like your fauve landscape very much. I like fauve landscapes with their unusual colours.

Pincel, your watercolours in fauve style are amazing!! I like them a lot!!

09-22-2009, 03:23 PM
Thanks, everyone.

Liz that last portrait you posted here is STUNNING!!! :) :) :)

09-26-2009, 04:15 AM
...love some of the renderings here, certainly on the 'wild' side. Lawrence and EP your portraits sing, great interpretations, tho I think you both have a head start with your own inimittable style. June, love the 'chapeau', great mood. Trafford, the flowers are raelly punching colour. Sandra, the colours in your portrait certainly accentuate the emotion, great eyes too. Pincel, tres Fauvist, fab portraits, and I love those landscapes, full of movement and mood. Hope I didn't miss anyone. Some cool work, glad I dropped by...:thumbsup:

09-26-2009, 11:29 AM
Thank you, scattydad for your comment. Perhaps you would like to try your hand at one piece too?

A quick one before I move on to the new artist one.

Cray Pas Junior Artist Oil Pastel
65 lb black cardstock
5.5 x 8.5 inch


09-26-2009, 11:37 AM
Would these fish be Fauve? Or Pop Art? Done for the current WDE. Acrylics on 7x10" wc paper.



09-26-2009, 12:12 PM
The colors look Fauve, EP. But I guess it could be pop art too. Good fish!

One more piece based on the September Landscape Challenge (http://www.wetcanvas.com/forums/showthread.php?t=581144).

Cray Pas Junior Artist Oil Pastel
65 lb black cardstock
5.5 x 8.5 inch


09-28-2009, 08:47 AM
Hi everyone. Janet thank you so much for starting this project and for providing all of the great information at the start of this thread about Fauvism. I have love them ever since I first learned about them.

The contemporary works of Dougall, http://www.neartexpress.com/artist/Jae_Dougall.html, are very fauve.

Lawrence -- you did a wonderful job on both of your VanDongens.

EP -- this is right up your alley is it! I love your OP camel the most!

June - very nicely done.

Janet, your tile is right with the fauve style. I like the idea it is on a tile -- Matisse did tiles, didn't he?

Sandra, your Op is very fauvist and original. I really like your landscape, reminds me of Derain.

Liz, very nicely done, very original!

Here are some Matisse inspired pieces I did in the 70's. I also wrote a blog post about them, http://afinney.blogspot.com/2009/09/artiscstyle-part-2 (http://afinney.blogspot.com/2009/09/artiscstyle-part-2.html).html, and briefly about the fauves and expressionists, http://afinney.blogspot.com/2009/09/artistic-style-part-1.html

Woman Sleeping with a Cat, oil on canvas, 30x42

Madeline, oil on canvas, 28x24

Thanks again Janet for this wonderful thread! Angela Finney

09-28-2009, 02:31 PM
Angela, thank you for the comment. Wow, really like the reclining lady. Such great lines and colors. And your portrait also have great vibrant colors.

I'm more and more attracted to these very bright Fauve colors. Thanks for the links in your blog. That Marion Rose blog has great pieces!

09-29-2009, 06:46 AM
I am glad you enjoyed the links Sandra. Thanks alot for your comments.
Angela Finney

09-30-2009, 11:56 AM
Sandra, you always carry it one step further. I like the color on black.

EP, eye popping Fauves. Wonderful colors.

Angela, thank you. The Fauves were great, and I can see they are alive and well with the link on Jae Dougall. Your paintings are very good...a fauve nude and a rather sinister young lady, with nice colors but a scary look. :)

09-30-2009, 12:04 PM
Sandra, Angela, and trafford - thank you.

I now have four fishies. I think now they're more pop art than fauve.



09-30-2009, 12:11 PM
I can see you love your little fish. Would make a great looking large piece. Very pop art.

10-01-2009, 02:51 AM
Yes, The Fauves should be fun...all that wonderful color. I had to stick a woman Fauvist in as well, they are so under appreciated as artists. "Loading Dock" is my favorite painting of this group. :heart:

I just ran across Zorach last month for the first time. I haven't found it easy to find her work on the web.

10-01-2009, 02:54 AM
Vlaminck is my favorite Fauve, followed by Dufy. I like Vlaminck's later period when he had toned down his palette a bit.

10-01-2009, 03:01 AM
Here is a painting I did in Sept. Sorry if I am a couple of hours late for Sept. Fauve submissions, but I just joined Wet Canvas yesterday and I just ran across this forum an hour ago. The painting is of a Jules Verne era airship floating over a landscape. (22x28 acrylic on canvas) http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/01-Oct-2009/200358-DSCF0243.JPG

10-01-2009, 05:52 AM
Hi, studio1. Your Jules Verne like painting is very Fauve. I especially like the white in the sky, with all that color.

I hope you stick around for some of the October projects. We have a lot of good ones this month.

I too, like Marguerite Zorach a lot. Here is a web site that is devoted to Marguerite and her husband, William, a sculptor. It was started by their grand children. http://www.exitfive.com/zorach/ :)

10-01-2009, 06:05 AM
Hi Studio1, I like that painting. ...love the blues and orange colours. And it could also be posted in the naive art project which started this month, if you wish...for more comments.

10-01-2009, 09:26 AM
studio1, welcome. Keep posting a bit more if you have more Fauves renditions. I'm not ready to give this thread up yet because I just love the colors! Yeah, yours should also categorize as Naive Art. Totally charming. Love the airship.

Pls do join often!

10-01-2009, 11:20 AM
Thanks for the compliments all round. The airship is more pointed at both ends because that was one of the early (J. Verne era) designs, as compared with the more snub-nosed later versions (Goodyear blimp, etc.) I do have more Fauvist paintings I could post. I just need to upload them first.

10-01-2009, 12:29 PM
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/01-Oct-2009/200358-DSCF0245.JPGHere are two more Fauvist paintings. The first is called "Camping Out". The second is called "Night Garden". http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/01-Oct-2009/200358-DSCF0247.JPG

10-01-2009, 12:31 PM
Sorry--The one on the top is "Night Garden". The one on the bottom is "Camping Out".

10-01-2009, 05:26 PM
The second piece has very fauves flavor, definitely. Great sunset, and I even see the moon. I'm impresse with the glow of the water!

10-02-2009, 12:20 AM
Beautiful sunset on the water. I love the floral garden too. Good choice of pink against the green.

10-03-2009, 05:19 PM
Perhaps a bit late to participate here. And this isn't exactly fauve either, but the post-impressionists did sort of start the fauve ball rolling, didn't they? I recently made this rather loose copy of a painting by Gauguin (as a handmade greeting card, so it is only some 10 x 14cm in size):


Gauguin really was ahead of his time, huh? ;-)

10-04-2009, 05:50 PM
Love your work Brian. Especially that hot pink dress.

I like Gauguin...his colours are rather 'wild' and fauve. It would be good to do an oldies & goodies project on Gauguin sometime.

10-05-2009, 12:27 AM
Love your work Brian. Especially that hot pink dress.

I like Gauguin...his colours are rather 'wild' and fauve. It would be good to do an oldies & goodies project on Gauguin sometime.

Thanks for the kind comment. I took a look at your website - fabulous watercolours. And I like those somewhat Chagall-like fantasy works of your as well.

10-05-2009, 01:23 AM
Very nice expression and good lips!!

10-05-2009, 08:17 AM
nice work Brian, the movement of the head and the rocker are just right

10-07-2009, 04:28 PM
Saw the original last night on the net, liked it, and this morning made a copy. It's a self-portrait by Paula Modersohn-Becker, 1906.

Not Fauve but an early example of Expressionism.

Alas, she died a year later, at the age of only 31, from an embolism.


10-08-2009, 04:50 AM
Lovely copy, Lawrence! I like that self portrait by Modersohn-Becker.

10-17-2009, 01:40 PM
A bit late perhaps to resurrect this thread now, but I just discovered something I did years ago, before I could even draw properly (not that I am exactly a master at drawing NOW either!). It is in acrylic on paper, but it is a finger painting: I used no brushes and dabbed the paint on in little strokes with my hands and fingers. I can't quite work out whether it is expressive or merely monstrously ugly, but it sure is Fauvish, I think... ;-)


Put THAT in your pipe and smoke it, Mr. Derain... :D :D

10-17-2009, 02:38 PM
Wow...you do need sunglasses for the intensity of colour here, Brian. I see the van Gogh swirls influenced you. I'd say expressive indeed.

10-17-2009, 03:00 PM
Lawrence, very Fauve! You are really good with these very expressive renditions!

Brian, haha...very cute. Very psychedelic too. I'm getting dizzy too but the colors are Fauve like alright.

10-17-2009, 04:27 PM
Thanks, June, thanks, Sandra.

Brian, as June says, very van Goghish.

10-17-2009, 10:38 PM
Thanks, June, thanks, Sandra.

Brian, as June says, very van Goghish.

Yes, I think I was quite under the Van Gogh influence at the time, and it is a style I might return to. He was after all in a way the original fauve. But as my painting shows, it is trickier than one might think: it is very easy to end up with something just a little TOO psychedelic!

And may I add my vote of approval for your Modersohn-Becker copy. I also recently discovered her work. Very nice, and a pity she died so young.

10-17-2009, 10:53 PM
Wow...you do need sunglasses for the intensity of colour here, Brian. I see the van Gogh swirls influenced you. I'd say expressive indeed.

Hehehe, I did several of them at the time, and they all make one's head spin. Just rediscovered the scans in an obscure part of my cluttered hard disk, and they make me all nostalgic, but also very glad that soon afterward, I stopped painting and for several years did only drawings. Improving one's drawing, even just marginally, is never a waste of time. Here's another one of my early fauve horrors:


Yikes! On with the welding goggles!

At the time, a very popular local artist was one Frans Claerhout, a mostly self-taught artist who worked in a sort of expressionist style. You can see the sort of thing he did by doing a Google image search on his name:


One rather drunken evening, a friend and I started painting, and I decided to make a fake Claerhout. Also discovered it in my obscure folder of old pieces, and I still think I didn't do badly at all; this could just about pass for an original! :D


Hehe, I even faked his signature, but don't worry, I wouldn't dream of selling it! (Besides, he got involved in a scandal once as the first and only recent artist who faked HIS OWN work: he was accused of putting his signature to pieces done wholly or partly by assistants...)

10-18-2009, 02:29 PM
It could indeed pass for a Claerhout, cute work, Brian.

10-18-2009, 11:52 PM
I never heard of Claerhout before, but I like that painting of the figure and donkey!

10-19-2009, 12:10 AM
I never heard of Claerhout before, but I like that painting of the figure and donkey!

He did lots of those types, and seemed to have especially liked donkeys. You'll see similar pieces on that Google link I posted. I'm glad everyone has such a high opinion of me as art forger... :D

Most of South Africa's famous artists are not really well known internationally, although a few have recently begun to get high prices at international auctions, notably J.H. Pierneef and Irma Stern, both of whom are on Wikipedia or can be Googled. I doubt whether Claerhout is ever going to fall in this category; if even I could so easily imitate his work it is perhaps not all that good. ;-)

10-19-2009, 10:41 AM
I'm a little late getting in here and looking at all the work.

studio1=love that pink sky.

lg, good to see Modersohn-Becker again, she is one of our favorites

Brian, your paintings look like stain glass...just love them, especially the bird.

Got very interested in Clauhout and looked him up. Wonderful prints..will have to research more. Here is his obit

http://www.mg.co.za/article/2006-07-04-artist-frans-claerhout-dies-in-bloemfontein :cool:

10-29-2009, 11:20 PM
Brian, your paintings look like stain glass...just love them, especially the bird.

That's very kind of you to say. I have never thought of them in those terms! Makes me think I should revisit this 'splotchy' technique...

Got very interested in Clauhout and looked him up. Wonderful prints..will have to research more. Here is his obit

http://www.mg.co.za/article/2006-07-04-artist-frans-claerhout-dies-in-bloemfontein :cool:

His work might fit in neatly at the naive art thread. It can be very charming, actually, even if not technicqally masterful.

I once briefly met him under embarrassing circumstances. He was doing a book launch for a children's book he had written and illustrated. I wasn't even aware of it, and just wandered into the book shop to browse around a bit when I saw him sitting at a desk and signing people's copies of his book.

I paid no further attention and got engrossed in some books. As I often do when browsing, I sort of squatted down on my haunches and paged through a book. Just as I was really getting into it, something hit me in the back, and then landed on top of me. It was Claerhout himself: he was wandering around and doing some browsing of his own, and because I was squatting on the floor he never noticed me until he hit me and then tumbled across me.

We both mumbled embarrassed apologies and then he went on his way. So that's my very dubious claim to fame in the world of art. :o

10-30-2009, 02:36 AM
Entertaining story Brian!!

10-30-2009, 08:06 AM
Goodness, Brian! You've brought 'meet the artist' to new heights. :lol:

10-30-2009, 08:09 AM
Goodness, Brian! You've brought 'meet the artist' to new heights. :lol:

Well thank heavens he didn't break his neck, or it would have been a weird mixture of Fauvism and the Halloween thread, and not exactly the kind of claim to fame I would want. ;-)