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movement in painting associated with Henri Matisse, 1915, from Fr. fauve, lit. "wild beast" (in O.Fr. "dark-colored thing, dull," from Frank. *falw-, from Gmc. root of fallow (adj.)), coined by Fr. art critic Louis Vauxcelles at Autumn Salon of 1905. It was a reaction against
impressionism, featuring vivid use of colors. Related: Fauvism.
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