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Product Details

  • Series: World of Art
  • Paperback: 216 pages
  • Publisher: Thames & Hudson (September 17, 1996)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0500202273
  • ISBN-13: 978-0500202272
  • Product Dimensions: 0.6 x 5.8 x 8.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,210,952 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Fauvism was an extremely short-lived movement in modern painting, and an extremely important one as well. The name was attached to a group of paintings exhibited at the Paris Autumn Salon in 1905 by such artists as Henri Matisse and George Braque. But the group of painters that the name Fauvism referred to had moved on to other things within a year. Still, while Matisse may not have considered himself a Fauvist by 1906, he always acknowledged the movement's importance. "Fauvism isn't everything," he said, "but it is the foundation of everything." Author Sarah Whitfield does a fine job of providing context for the Fauvist movement and an understanding of its impact on modern art.

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The artists who made up the Fauve group of painters during the first decade of the 20th century include Matisse, Derain, Braque, and Vlaminck. Their work as a group is characterized by bright colors applied in broad, unblended brushstrokes, which earned them the name Fauves, or wild beasts. Whitfield (Georges Rouault: The Early Years 1903-1920, Antique Collectors' Club, 1993) recounts the formation and dissolution of the movement; its relation to other movements of the time, such as post-Impressionism and Cubism; and its place in the artistic development of each of its practitioners. As an overview, this work is written at a level suitable for students or others without much prior knowledge of the field. The reproductions are well integrated with the text, though the scarcity of color is a real drawback, given the central importance of color in the work. For larger general collections.?Kathryn Wekselman, Univ. of Cincinnati Lib.
Copyright 1997 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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36 of 37 people found the following review helpful By Greg Reeder on November 10, 2008
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Color was supreme in the Fauvism movement. Most of the reproductions in this small volume are in black and white rendering the book just about useless for appreciating the art. "171 illustrations 24 in color."
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By A. Twisdale on March 7, 2013
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I was extremely disappointed when I recieved this book. Who expects an art book to have mostly black & white pictures? The Fauves are know for their bright use of colors, & there are only a very few pictures in color. I feel like I wasted my money.
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I hope the author and publisher try putting out a Kindle version, that would allow all-color images at a tiny fraction of the cost of printing. The whole reading market is going that way anyway.

It's a good guess that the printing costs are what prevented everything being offered in color-- but Kindle has zero printing costs, and is relatively easy to format (if you find the right person to help you).

I hope the author and publisher consider this option. I have no doubt that the author worked hard on the book.
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I wanted to learn more about this period in art and have enjoyed this book and of course the incredible paintings. It has opened my eyes to different methods of painting and I'll refer to it often.
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1 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Deborah Kommalan on February 24, 2009
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Book came in good time, in excellent condition. Interesting that it was sent from Germany....
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