Matisse, Derain and their Friends

09/02/2023 – 01/21/2024
Kunstmuseum Basel

Matisse, Derain and their Friends

At the beginning of the 20th century, a group of artists around Henri Matisse and André Derain were carrying out revolutionary colour experiments. The art critic Louis Vauxcelles gave them their name in 1905: the “Fauves”. Translated into English, this means something like “beasts” or “wild animals”. 

This comprehensive special exhibition at the Kunstmuseum Basel shows the Fauves’ outstanding experimentation with colour. Conventional perceptions as to the style of this movement, which left such an indelible stamp on modernism, are also called into question. The show features work by the artists Émilie Charmy and Marie Laurencin, and thus for the first time provides insights into the trade in Fauvist art, a trade in which gallerist Berthe Weill was to play a decisive role.

Kunstmuseum Basel
St. Alban-Graben 8
CH-4010 Basel

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