Fauvism is the style of les Fauves - French for 'the wild beasts' - who were a small group of artists, led by Andre Derain and Henri Matisse. The movement rejected Impressionism's realist qualities as they sought to establish a painting style which was more visually arresting - an effect achieved through the use of bold, bright colours. The movement was heavily influenced by Post-Impressionism, with the work of Van Gogh, Seurat and Cezanne all absorbed into the movement. The Fauves first exhibited together in Paris in 1905, and were initially subjected to derision. However they slowly gained respect as major art buyers began to take an interest, with Matisse establishing himself as one of the most important figures in 20th century art. Now this short lived artistic movement is rightly viewed as among the most exciting developments in modern art.
Gives the frame its character and provides the perfect setting for an artwork to be fully enjoyed.
Protects the artwork from dust and wilting so that it can be admired for many years.
Adds depth to an image and works with the moulding to enhance and protect the artwork.
Bonds to the artwork ensuring it is perfectly smooth and holds the whole frame together.
The artwork is carefully mounted in preparation for framing.