fau·​vism ˈfō-ˌvi-zəm How to pronounce fauvism (audio)
often capitalized
: a movement in painting typified by the work of Matisse and characterized by vivid colors, free treatment of form, and a resulting vibrant and decorative effect
fauvist noun or adjective often capitalized

Word History

First Known Use

1922, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of fauvism was in 1922

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“Fauvism.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/fauvism. Accessed 17 Apr. 2024.

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