Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. An early-20th-century movement in painting begun by a group of French artists and marked by the use of bold, often distorted forms and vivid colors.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. An artistic movement of the last part of the 19th century which emphasized spontaneity and the use of extremely bright colors.

Etymologies

French fauvisme, from fauve, wild animal, from fauve, wild, reddish-yellow, from Old French falve, reddish-yellow, from Frankish *falw-.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From French fauvisme (Wiktionary)

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  • "An early-20th-century movement in painting begun by a group of French artists and marked by the use of bold, often distorted forms and vivid colors." AHD
    The wild beasts.

    March 17, 2008