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Art Project - Fauvism.

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Introduction: Fauvism is one of the many art movements that took place in the 20th century. Fauvism was about in-between 1901 -1906. In this movement colour played a major part, as this was the first modern movement that let it take over. This art movement only lasted for about 5 years and mainly took place in France. It consists of bold arbitrary colours that clash to form the fauvist style of art. These arbitrary colours are ones that are unrelated to the forms in our natural world. It is famous for its harsh brush strokes and strange techniques. Although the movement has finished it has been one of the important movements, causing revolution in the movement of art. The French word "fauve" means wild beast as they fauvist movement was a great shock to the public (as new art movements normally are). The public thought that the artist was trying to release his anger onto a canvas by showing his brush strokes and making each colour stand out boldly on the canvas. ...read more.


Painters would go outside and paint a rough drawing of whatever interested them and then go to the studio to finish there drawings off. The paintings of that time were bright and full of colour whereas the time before impressionism painters thought that there old masters painted in dark colours like browns and blacks. They didn't want betray there masters so they continued to paint in dark colours as well. However when they got outside they realised that there were more colours than these dark browns and so the pictures became brighter. In the end it turned out that old masters paintings were actually bright colours but by sitting in dark rooms with only a fire to light it up the fire made the pictures much darker than they really were. When the Japanese were selling their goods to France they would wrap them up in the pictures taken from a camera as they were so cheap and plentiful. ...read more.


Van Gogh used to experiment a lot with his colours and the Fauves picked up on this. He showed in his work all that can be achieved by experimenting colours, which lead to the use of using opposite colours on the colour wheel in fauvism. The Idea Behind the Use of Colour to Express Emotion: By using colour to express emotion the painter can show how he is feeling at the time of painting his painting. He is able to convey if he feels anger of joy at the time by changing shades of colour or the colour completely. This emotion also shows itself in the face of the drawing of the object. If you were to draw an angry person or something evil darker colours would give a bit of extra emotion to the picture. On the other hand a happy occasion would be drawn with lighter colours to give the emotion of happiness. ...read more.

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