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Radical Color and Wild Beasts: Matisse, Derain, and the Friendship that Defined Fauvism

In 1905, French painters André Derain and Henri Matisse spent a summer in the South of France exploring a new freedom and spontaneity in painting; characterized by vibrant color, painterly, expressive brushstrokes, and an irreverent approach to the idea of representation in art, they defined what became the essential style of Fauvism, a brief but influential avant-garde art movement.

Painter Ceri Richards (British: 1903–1971) - ‘‘Do not go gentle into that good night’’, 1956 © The estate of Ceri Richards