Definition of Fauvism noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



BrE BrE//ˈfəʊvɪzəm//
; NAmE NAmE//ˈfoʊvɪzəm//
[uncountable] (art)
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a style of painting that uses bright colours and in which objects and people are represented in a non-realistic way. It was popular in Paris for a short period from 1905. Word Originfrom 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”).
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: Fauvism