noun, often capitalized
fau·​vism | \ ˈfō-ˌvi-zəm How to pronounce fauvism (audio) \

Definition of fauvism

: 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

Other Words from fauvism

fauvist \ ˈfō-​vist How to pronounce fauvist (audio) \ noun or adjective, often capitalized

First Known Use of fauvism

1922, in the meaning defined above

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“Fauvism.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/fauvism. Accessed 27 January 2020.

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