Fauvism was the first explosive 20th-century art movement. Thanks to the revolution in art by masters such as Vincent van Gogh, Paul Gauguin, and Paul Cézanne, the art world realised that there is more to art than what you see with your eyes. It paved way for people to experiment with their skills and do what gave them true joy.
The Fauvist movement was like a breath of fresh (shocking) air from the representational expectations that were prevalent in art since the renaissance. Fauvism is about unlearning the books and breaking the rules. It was about painting what you see – the way you see it.
“Instead of trying to render what I see before me, I use color in a completely arbitrary way to express myself powerfully”
Vincent Van Gogh
Fauvism is brightness. After decades of earthy tones, art finesse, subdued colors, fauvism brought in bright scarlets, reds, blues and yellows. There was sudden burst of energy and colors in paintings. It was a break from the artistic traditions of the past. The Fauvists believed in color as an emotional force, and found their way with creative expression.
“We move towards serenity through the simplification of ideas and form… details lessen the purity of lines, they harm the emotional intensity, and we choose to reject them. It is a question of learning – and perhaps relearning the ‘handwriting’ of lines. The aim of painting is not to reflect history, because this can be found in books. We have a higher conception. Through it, the artist expresses his inner vision.”
I hope to revisit fauvism someday soon for there is great degree of freedom in using colors and tones. It is not as restrictive as impressionism and fine art. Its a burst of well complimented colors on a sketch form. There are less mistakes and more drama. There is no adherence to rules and form. It is freedom in painting.
Here is an old favorite painting of mine that I had experimented with. There was a form of face but no rules to color them. The lips seemed red but so did the eyebrows. There is no end what one can see in nothing.
It is still a long way to go Fauvist and live all those crazy moments of madness and peace.