Face 1 - Fauvism study

Face 2 - Fauvism study

Madame Matisse, the green line

I was invited to join a group of Fauvist painters on Boundless Gallery. I have to admit I didn't know what fauvism was, or why they selected me based on my work.

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Les Fauves (
French for The Wild Beasts) were a short-lived and loose grouping of early 20th century Modern artists, whose works emphasized painterly qualities, and strong colour over the representational values retained by Impressionism. While Fauvism as a style began around 1900 and continued beyond 1910, the movement as such lasted only three years, 1905–1907, and had three exhibitions. The leaders of the movement were Henri Matisse and André Derain
I thought it would be fun to try to paint in a fauvist style, so here are two portraits. I tried to push the color and style as much as I could. I think I need to push the colors more. Look at that green stripe Matisse gave to his wife's portrait!


Rachel said...

Dear Carol,
I love Fauvism style, you demonstrated it very well.
Thank you,



Carol Nelson said...

Thanks, Rachel. I am really having fun with these portraits. I've always liked intense colors and a painterly style.