I’m very thankful for the people who visit my blog and I’ve noticed one of the ‘often read’ posts is about Fauvism… a subject I worked on in 2011.
I’d like to revisit this topic from then and share a bit about what I learnt.
I learnt so much while covering this topic, but my original impression was ‘Oh yuk and how gaudy’.. sorry, but I did… much like one of the original critics, viewing ‘Le Fauves’ work (although I didn’t know this at the time, as this was prior to my research). I can honestly say though, that now my feelings are quite different… Fauvism has given me freedom of expression particularly with colour..and such an appreciation for the talents and even daring, of these artists from long ago.
*** Please remember these are MY thoughts I am sharing, not a general opinion.
The Brief: Part 1 – To sketch ‘Landscape’ examples of work from Artists of the Fauvism movement.
I chose Andre Derain and Henri Matisse. These are my own sketches / studies of the original artist’s works.
Doing these studies was a real eye opener and gave me such an appreciation for the skills of these artists! I found the Matisse study to be quite difficult. Wow!
Part 2 – To create a triptych using oil pastels with mark making, each drawing being unique, but simultaneously belonging to the others to read as a whole. Each drawing must be a landscape drawing using complimentary colours, working on A1 size, coloured ground.
My first attempt (Red and Green) was fun to do, but looking back quite hideous…lol
This was a good starting point. Moving on…
After this first attempt, I decided to work on Orange and Blue as I love these complimentaries together.
Now I’m starting to get the idea…
Secondly, Red and Green
and lastly Purple and Yellow.
These drawings were completed over 4 or 5 weeks.
At the time, they were a big undertaking (and probably still would be), but were in the end a very satisfying process.
As I said previously, the 3 drawings were to read as One. This was my end result.
“At the start of the 20th century, two young artists, Henri Matisse and André Derain formed the basis of a group of painters who enjoyed painting pictures with outrageously bold colours. The group were nicknamed ‘Les Fauves’ which meant ‘wild beasts’ in French. Their title was coined by the art critic Louis Vauxcelles who was amused by the exaggerated colour in their art. At the Salond’automne of 1905 he entered a gallery where Les Fauves were exhibiting their paintings. Surprised by the contrast with a typical renaissance sculpture that stood in the centre of this room, he exclaimed with irony, “Donatello au mileau des fauves!” ( Donatello in the middle of the wild beasts! ). The name stuck.”
Quote from artyfactory.com
This has been my journey into Fauvism so far… There are many thoughts on Fauvism and plenty of info available. Please research further yourself to confirm your thoughts and ideas.
The End 🙂
(PS I hope you may find this of help to you).