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