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Fauve Painting from the Permanent Collection

commemorates the 100th anniversary of an 1905 Paris exhibition where paintings by Henri Matisse, Andre Derain, and others were jeered as an "orgy of pure color," primitive and brutal. One critic called it fauve ("wild beast") painting, and the epithet stuck. A special web feature explores the birth and development of fauve, the first avant-garde wave in the 20th century. (National Gallery of Art)

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Interesting Fact:

Matisse was deliberate and reserved, the opposite of wild. But Maurice de Vlaminck did match the public perception of what fauve painting represented: rebellion, roughness, disorder.
Vincent van Gogh, 'The Olive Orchard,' 1889, National Gallery of Art, Washington, Chester Dale Collection 1963.10.152 and André Derain, 'Mountains at Collioure,' 1905, National Gallery of Art, Was

Mountains at Collioure and influences

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