Fondation Pierre Gianadda

The Fauve years

Curator: Fabrice Hergott, Jacqueline Munck

In collaboration with the Museum of Modern Art in Paris, Paris Musées, the Pierre Gianadda Foundation has the privilege of exhibiting more than a hundred works also from French museums such as the National Museum of Modern Art Center Pompidou, the Paul Dini Museum, or that of Fine Arts in Bordeaux and private collections. Paintings, sculptures and ceramics all emblematic of the Fauve years will adorn the walls of the Foundation with flamboyant colors.

Color brought to its peak  

With regard to certain landscapes brought to the maximum of their intensity with their enhanced tones, we recall the mythical declaration of Matisse: "... it would be necessary to come to put the sun behind the canvas". He also asserts “... Fauvism was also the first search for an expressive synthesis”. This movement was led by Henri Matisse surrounded by a group of painters, including Henri Manguin, André Derain, Maurice de Vlaminck, Charles Camoin, Georges Rouault and Albert Marquet, exhibited their works in room VII of the Salon d'Automne in 1905 In reaction against the ephemeral variations of the atmosphere and the unstable vibrations of the light of the impressionist paintings, "Shaking the tyranny of Divisionism", sentence of Matisse, these young artists carry to the paroxysm the lesson of Van Gogh by exalting the pure color . An excess that triggered the ire of the public and art critics, who violently attacked these new painters, including Louis Vauxcelles who, discovering in the said room a bust of an Italianate child by the sculptor Albert Marque, exclaims: "Donatello among the beasts"!

Dynamite cartridges

The picture rails will ignite with Vlaminck's "dynamite cartridges" and affirm how much the inventors of Fauvism create with a "vitalist energy" and by eliminating shadows: a fireworks display in the concert of art from the beginning of the Twentieth century.

Fondation Pierre Gianadda

From 7 July 2023 to 21 January 2024
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Artwork(s) loaned
  • Saint-Tropez landscape at twilight

    Henri Matisse (1869—1954)

    Saint-Tropez landscape at twilight July 1904
    Oil on board
    Henri Matisse Exhibition, Galerie Druet, Paris, March 19th – April 7th 1906