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- Fauvism was a style of painting developed in France at the beginning of the 20th century by Henri Matisse and André Derain.
- The artists who painted in this style were known as 'Les Fauves'.
- The title 'Les Fauves' (the wild beasts) came from a sarcastic remark by the art critic Louis Vauxcelles.
- Les Fauves believed that colour should be used to express the artist's feelings about a subject, rather than simply to describe what it looks like.
Fauvist paintings have two main characteristics: simplified drawing and exaggerated colour.
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