THE FAUVES AND THE PASSION FOR THE COLOR

The dance, Henri Matisse. 1910

 

 

The MAPFRE Foundation presents this exhibition until January 29, 2017. This exhibition brings together more than one hundred works including painting, drawing, watercolor and ceramic pieces. This movement, famous for being the first great vanguard of S.XX, stands out for the exaltation and saturation of pure tones. He opened the debate on the importance of color independently in the configuration of the artistic work.

 

This group led by Henri Matisse, André Derain and Maurice de Vladiminck, stood out for their energy release and their particular treatment of freedom of expression. At the end of the decade of 1890 they were grouped in the workshops of Gustave Morear and Eugené Carrière and began to create this unique movement. Towards the beginning of the XX century it took shape and began to exhibit, the first was in Hall VII of the Salon d'Automme. After the first critics they adopted the name of "wild animals" (fauve in French).

 

 

Restaurant de la Machine à Bougival, Maurice de Vlaminck. 1905

 

 

Fauvism is characterized by being a heterogeneous current, born of the friendship of a group of young dreamers with a clear idea of ??the future. It barely lasted two years but left the foundations of an artistic claim that has been projected until our days. From here were born expressionism and cubism, this testimony has been strongly recorded in the exhibition of the MAPFRE Foundation. Curated by Maria Teresa Ocaña, this raises a chronological route sectioned in five parts.

 

 

Photo of the exhibition

 

 

The first part of Fauvism before Fauvism, makes a small dissertation about the group of formation of the current and shows that feeling of community that try to transmit the viewer. The second, the fauves are portrayed, show small self-portraits that were made to each other reflecting the perception they had of the group. The third part, acrobats of light, reflect those stays on the blue coast that served as inspiration and fit perfectly in that art of light and color. The fierceness of color, evidence the identity of the fauves, totally disconnected from the naturalistic description. And the last section sections that fork, it refers to the different trails that took the group from 1907.

 

 

Landscape near Chatou, André Derain. 1904

 

 

To conclude the exhibition there is a section dedicated to a group of ceramics that connect closely with the dialogue shown with the painting. A highly recommended visit for these gray winter days that need a color tone. Fauvism, is a claim for all types of public, do not miss this opportunity.

 

 

 

 

 

 

In Art Madrid, we love art in all its aspects. Therefore, on the occasion of our 15th anniversary and thanks to Cooltourspain.com , visitors at Art Madrid’20 will have the possibility to enjoy a free guided tour of urban art to discover the street art hidden by Lavapiés, one of the most multicultural and colourful neighbourhoods of Madrid.

With the code ARTMADRID2020

and your ticket to the Art Madrid’20 fair, you can enjoy "Street art Tour Lavapiés" for free, on days 26th, 27th and 28th of February at 11:00 a.m. The capacity is limited, so do not doubt, book your place at Cooltourspain.com Once the confirmation is received, you just have to go with your open eyes to enjoy this magnificent experience.

Street art is the expression of art in public spaces either in the form of murals in restored buildings; graffiti; street painting or curated artistic actions. What are the backstories of each artist? What are the social issues affecting our city? This social, cultural and educational project was born in 2016 to answer these questions and show the message hidden by the works of art of so many national and international artists who have painted the Embajadores neighbourhood. It became the first daily street art tour in Madrid.

Cooltourspain will show you the Spanish capital in an alternative way and its guides will share their knowledge about the best street art in the Lavapiés and Malasaña areas. In the same way, its Foundation collaborates with non-profit projects and local associations so that people at risk of social exclusion can learn the techniques used by Madrid graffiti artists. The tour lasts two hours and begins at the Valle Inclán Theater Entrance.