A style of painting in the first decade of the 20th Century that emphasized strong, vibrant color and bold brushstrokes over realistic or representational qualities. Central among the loose group of artists were Henri Matisse and Andre Derain. When their paintings were exhibited in 1905, a critic derisively described the works — with their expressive and non-naturalistic palette — as the product of Fauves (“wild beasts”).

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