With intensely vibrant colors and a pastose application of paint, a group of 12 young artists including Henri Matisse, Andre Derain, Maurice de Vlaminck, Georges Braque, Kees van Dongen, and others caused a major controversy at the 1905 third autumn salon in Paris. The critic Louis Vauxcelles labeled them les Fauves or the wild beasts; w the French translation of the term stands for a style that was short but highly influential in 20th-century art: fauvism. This catalog highlights important aspects from the influence of van Gogh, Cezanne, and Gauguin as artistic trailblazers to the later effects of the Fauves.
Klaus Albrecht Schroderhas beenthe director of the Albertina Museum in Vienna, Austria, since 2000. He is the author of books on artists Egon Schiele, Gottfried Helnwein, and Alex Katz.