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Wednesday, 01 July 2009


I commented on this the other day but the comment didn't appear on the blog apparently.
I was telling you that this painting typically belongs to a trend called "fauvisme", due to the very bright colours, "and the absolute elimination of everything superfluous", as you say. Their painting is also quite rough, there is no real perspective.
See also the works of Matisse, Derain, and de Vlaminck. And Matisse by the way lived by the Mediterranean See (in Nice, South of France).
They were dubbed the "fauves" (ie wild animals or wild cats) due to the daring vivid colours they used; these colours were new to their contemporaries and they were supposed to be aggressive.

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