An early 20th-century movement in painting begun by a group of French artists and marked by the use of bold, often distorted forms and vivid colors.
[French fauvisme, from fauve, wild animal, from fauve, wild, reddish-yellow, from Old French falve, reddish-yellow, from Frankish *falw-; see pel-1 in the Appendix of Indo-European roots.]
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