Art Notes: The Fauves Invade the Academy
Bruce, Donald, Contemporary Review
Masters of Colour from Derain to Kandinsky, an exhibition which continues until 17 November at the Royal Academy, offers a rare chance to see pictures from the Merzbacher Collection, notable for its paintings by the Fauves and their associates. The Impressionists established the principle that colour is not absolute but relative to the time of the day, the light cast by the weather, and the radiance of adjacent tints. The Fauves took relativity further: colour was what they decreed it to be according to their decorative purpose and the inner weather of their moods. They shunned the Impressionists' hazy unemphatic diffusion of colour. The colours they preferred were so vivid …
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Publication information: Article title: Art Notes: The Fauves Invade the Academy. Contributors: Bruce, Donald - Author. Magazine title: Contemporary Review. Volume: 281. Issue: 1640 Publication date: September 2002. Page number: 162. © 1999 Contemporary Review Company Ltd. COPYRIGHT 2002 Gale Group.
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