Definition of Fauvism in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈfōˌvizəm/
(also fauvism)


A style of painting with vivid expressionistic and nonnaturalistic use of color that flourished in Paris from 1905 and, although short-lived, had an important influence on subsequent artists, especially the German expressionists. Matisse was regarded as the movement’s leading figure.
Example sentences
  • His style reminds somewhat of French fauvism or German expressionism.
  • He responded to some extent to post-impressionism and symbolism, but he disappointed critics who were coming to terms with cubism, fauvism, surrealism, and abstraction, which he despised.
  • Pre-Columbian art's contribution to modernism fails to fit into the teleologically reconstructed development from post-impressionism, fauvism, and cubism to abstract expressionism.



noun& adjective
Example sentences
  • In well-crafted chapters, Blake describes the interaction between primitivism and the fauvists, cubists, dadaists, surrealists, and, lastly, purists.
  • Kirchner's paintings, with their vivid colours and emotional content, paralleled the art of the fauvists.
  • Add lists of English portrait painters or fauvists.


From French fauvisme, from fauve 'wild beast'. The name originated from a remark of the French art critic Louis Vauxcelles at the Salon of 1905; coming across a quattrocento-style statue in the midst of works by Matisse and his associates, he is reputed to have said, “Donatello au milieu des fauves!” ( 'Donatello among the wild beasts').

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Syllabification: Fauv·ism

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