Fauvism and Harmony – Around Henri Manguin

4 May to 10 October, Yves Brayer Museum

At the beginning of the 20th century some painters, having met at art school, became friends and found themselves in their commitment to innovation outside the official salons.


Three different groups were to form. First there were the pupils from Gustave Moreau’s studio, including Henri Manguin, Albert Marquet, Henri Matisse and Charles Camoin. Jean Puy joined them in about 1899.

Then the duo from Chatou, Maurice de Vlaminck and André Derain who Matisse met in 1901. Followed by the painters from Le Havre: Raoul Dufy, Othon Friesz, who
joined in 1905. In order to set the scene for our project we have also invited Paul Signac, Louis Valtat and Henri Edmond Cross owing to the significant role they

The birth of Fauvisme seems to have taken place around the end of 1903, when the students from the first group came to work in Manguin’s studio, rue Boursault
in Paris. Their emulation then led them to simplify their drawing, completely doing away with contours and only using pure colours to heighten the expressiveness of
their paintings. The works of Derain and Vlaminck, who shared this same concept, were brought together, mischievously, in Room VII at the Salon d'Automne in 1905.


The press went wild and the scandal threw them into the limelight. This excess of violence or "ordeal by fire" as it was also described, came to an end in the winter of 1906 - 1907 for the pioneers, and definitively in about 1909. Shaken up by the Cubists, they had to put themselves into question. Some of them, seeking harmony, found a happy evolution in their reaction to Fauvism.


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