Colour is the star in the works of this art show dedicated to Fauvism, the earliest avant-garde movement to radicalise colour in the first half of the twentieth century. A journey through a movement led by Henri Matisse, André Derain and Maurice de Vlaminck.
For the first time in Spain, an art exhibition is taking an in-depth look at Fauvism. Housed at Sala Recoletos, the show includes both popular and lesser known works belonging to this movement that flourished in Paris in the early years of the twentieth century, characterised by a provocative use of colour. Fauvism shook the foundations of modern art through freedom of execution.
Following the teachings of Gustave Moreau – whose disciples included Matisse, Rouault, Marquet, Manguin, Camoin and Jean Puy –, the Fauves chose their techniques according to their mood. They associated paintings with expression rather than order or composition.
The works on display were gathered with the help of private collectors and more than 80 loans, as well as renowned institutions like Tate, Centre Georges Pompidou, Musée d’Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris, Kunstsammlung Nordrhein-Westfalen (Düsseldorf) and Milwaukee Art Museum.
Henri Matisse, The Dessert: Harmony in Red (1908). State Hermitage Museum, St Petersburg.