The Conversation
by Fauvist School


Country of origin: France

Medium: Oil on canvas

Signed: No visible signature

Dated: c. 1905

Condition: Very good original condition

Size: 36.00" x 29.00" (91.4cm x 73.7cm)

Provenance: From a private french collection - believed to be part of a triptych

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Fauvism is the style of les Fauves (French for "the wild beasts"), a group of early twentieth-century modern artists whose works emphasized painterly qualities and strong color over the representational or realistic values retained by Impressionism. While Fauvism as a style began around 1904 and continued beyond 1910, the movement as such lasted only a few years, 1905–1908, and had three exhibitions. The leaders of the movement were André Derain and Henri Matisse, whose members shared the use of intense color as a vehicle for describing light and space, and who redefined pure color and form as means of communicating the artist's emotional state.

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