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The Fauve Landscape Hardcover – 1 Jun 1991

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  • Hardcover: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Abbeville Press Inc.,U.S.; 1st Edition edition (Jun. 1991)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1558590250
  • ISBN-13: 978-1558590250
  • Product Dimensions: 3.8 x 27.3 x 29.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 731,103 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The works of the Fauve, or `Wild Beast', artists, produced between 1904-08, still divide the attitudes of the general public because of its eccentric colouring. One contemporary critic encapsulated this by writing that their work represented a "pot of paint....thrown in the face of the public".

In 1990-91, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art organised an exhibition to celebrate one aspect of Fauve painting, "The Fauve Landscape: Matisse, Derain, Braque and Their Circle, 1904-1908", that also visited the Metropolitan Museum of Art and, with a smaller number of works, the Royal Academy of Arts. As mentioned in the Foreword, and first essay, it was the largest exhibition ever mounted on the subject and it reflected a period of intense artistic activity, "a final immersion in colour before the early 20th century fascination with form - manifested by Cubism - dominated all other interests of the avant-garde".

After a Foreword by Earl A. Powell, Director of the organizing museum, this book offers 6 essays: "Surveying the Terrain: The Fauves and the Landscape", by Judi Freeman, which is extensively sourced from little-known correspondence in private French collections; "New Lessons from the School at Chatou: Derain and Vlaminck in the Paris Suburbs", John Klein; "Painters and Tourists: Matisse sand Derain on the Mediterranean Shore", James D. Herbert; "Far from the Earth of France: The Fauves Abroad", Freeman; "The Distant Cousins in Normandy: Braque, Dufy and Friesz", Alvin Martin and Freeman, and "Fauves in the Landscape of Criticism: Metaphor and Scandal at the Salon", Roger Benjamin.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A brilliant discussion of an underappreciated movement 16 July 1999
By Bragan Thomas - Published on Amazon.com
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This book documents what was quite possibly the largest and finest exhibition ever devoted solely to fauve painting. This brief movement, sandwiched between the towering achievements of impressionism, post-impressionism, and cubism, is a relatively overlooked one in the history of 20th century art. Concentrating on landscape painting as the heart of the fauvist view of reality, the essays are some very fine scholarly re-appraisals of the social and economic history of fauvism. The book itself is beautiful, with a superior design and extremely high standards of photographic reproduction. My only quibble is the near-total exclusion of figure-painting from the discussion (even as a point of comparison), and the authors' focus on social history leaves little space for aesthetic issues to be discussed. The essays treat these fantastically beautiful paintings as mere documents of economic relationships, a common art-historical focus nowadays, but one which does little to educate the reader in the marvelous way of seeing represented by these images.
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4.0 out of 5 stars an in-depth look at fauvism but reproductions lackluster 15 Sept. 2010
By frances - Published on Amazon.com
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This large and expensive 350 page book provides an in-depth look at Fauvism, however I would expect a book of this size and calibre to be complemented by equally impressive reproductions. Many of the reproductions are too small for my liking, some pages with 2 or even 3 smallish reproductions, and far too many in black and white. This book is more geared towards the art history lover as opposed to painters and those of us who take great delight in simply looking at art.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Every thing you ever wanted to see about the Fauves but was afraid to look. 19 Nov. 2013
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Once you get used to the vivid primary colours, this is like cream for the kitty. I had a book by Derain, Vlaminck and Matisse but never realized there were so many in the "wild beast" (fauve) movement. Seeing so many other artists fauve work was like a dream come true. Virtually several hundred examples of the group's landscape painting, hundreds of which are in truly amazing blends of colour. Out of my 400+ art books, only one compares. Dali's works collected by the Park West gallery. If this book doesn't have you searching for the other members of the movement, I miss my bet. Although the actual movement only lasted a few years, many of the members toned down the colours a bit (Vlaminck for decades) and still used many of the light, perspective, and blending they learned from this movement. Several of the members of the Canadian Group of Seven (actually 9 or 10 and a couple coexhibitors like Emily Carr) brought back many of the characteristics in the 30s, 40s, and 50s. I realize the wild colours are not for everyone. But just remembering Derain's use of blues brings joy to MY face. Just bring up artist images for the 3 I listed above or "fauve image" on Google. A couple minutes each should be enough to see if you like the style. If you do then this book has a smorgasbord of fauvist styles from the 3 above, plus Valtat, Friesz, Braque, Van Dongen, Gauguin, Manguin, Marquet, Camoin, Dufy, Puy. Some of the artists have no comprehensive books under. $100-200. Try to find a great book on Kees van Dongen and you are talking $300-1000. I could not find a single good book on Puy on Amazon. These are hard to find examples of a half dozen of these artists indeed ...shu
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5.0 out of 5 stars The fauve landscape 15 Oct. 2009
By Foggy - Published on Amazon.com
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Most comprehensive review of the "Fauves". Well illustrated in both color and B&W representations of this art. Excellent biographies of these painters. LACMA should be commended for producing this historical review. Judy Freeman did a masterful job with the collection.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Inspiring read (and plates) about inspiring group 10 May 2011
By Dan Dippery - Published on Amazon.com
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Early in this wonderful book a writer credits the Fauves with birthing modern art. I think that's true. And this extensive text--rich with color samples--bears that out. It was the book sold at the Los Angeles MOMA for a 1990 show of the same name.
I'm going through it slowly, like a very fine meal. And so far, I have particularly enjoyed an almost month-by-month chronology of this tight little group--with each other and with the critical public--in the years 1904 through 1908.
I'm a painter. And I have been very influenced by the French artists at the end of the 19th Century. This book is helping me get rid of the small brushstrokes and timid colors. Enjoy.
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