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Fauvism’s freedom, strength and transgression arrive to Madrid
22 October, 2016 - 23 October, 2016
From 22 October 2016 until 29 January 2017 MAPFRE Foundation in Madrid explores the meaning of passion for color. The exhibition, which offers a complete and considered presentation of fauvism, brings together over one hundred paintings as well as numerous drawings, watercolors and a selection of ceramic pieces.
The exhibition has been produced by Fundación MAPFRE and has only been possible thanks to the support of more than eighty lenders who have collaborated with the show.
Notable amongst these are the TATE, the Centre Georges Pompidou, the City of Paris Museum of Modern Art, the Kunstsammlung Nordrhein-Westfalen of Düsseldorf, the Milwaukee Art Museum and the Statens Museum of Denmark. The generosity of more than thirty private collectors has also been essential, who have lent works that are less well-known to the general public but nevertheless of extraordinary quality.
Fauvism is synonymous with freedom, strength and transgression. In the world of painting it was the standard bearer of the revolution of color, the absence of perspective and a break with tradition. The overwhelming intensity and vitality of a group of young artists who trained in different studios changed the course of art during the first decade of the 20th century.
Henri Matisse was its leading representative accompanied by other artists with whom he shared a new vision of painting along with a constant desire to learn and experiment. Together with André Derain and Maurice de Vlaminck he led the group which also included Albert Marquet, Henri Manguin, Charles Camoin, Jean Puy, Raoul Dufy, Othon Friesz, Georges Braque, Georges Rouault and Kees van Dongen.
These staunch proponents of provocative color and of executing work from a personal perspective were particularly committed to developing a number of themes such as portraits of the group’s members, luminous landscapes, the ambience of the French Mediterranean, intimate spaces and the atmosphere of sordid nightlife.
In this brief yet passionate artistic period, the fauves succumbed to the post-impressionist influences of Van Gogh, Cézanne and Gauguin and to the neo-impressionism of Signac, to the extent that their work as a whole was seen a being a unique revelation for cubism and expressionism, two of the most important avant-garde movements at the beginning of the 20th century.