Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. An early-20th-century movement in painting begun by a group of French artists and marked by the use of bold, often distorted forms and vivid colors.

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  • n. An artistic movement of the last part of the 19th century which emphasized spontaneity and the use of extremely bright colors.

Etymologies

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

French fauvisme, from fauve, wild animal, from fauve, wild, reddish-yellow, from Old French falve, reddish-yellow, from Frankish *falw-.

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From French fauvisme

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  • "An early-20th-century movement in painting begun by a group of French artists and marked by the use of bold, often distorted forms and vivid colors." AHD

    The wild beasts.

    March 17, 2008