Fauvism + Expressionism

Les Fauves (which means the wild beasts) were a group of French artists who used vivid color the way most artists use line—to define form in space. From these brilliant early experiments, Henri Matisse went on to create some of the most daring and satisfying art of the early 20th century avant-garde. Expressionist experiments in Germany were dominated by two groups of artists, Die Brücke (The Bridge) and Der Blaue Reiter (The Blue Rider). Here find Ernst Ludwig Kirchner, Emil Nolde, and the Russians, Wassily Kandinsky and Alexei von Jawlensky. Meanwhile in Vienna, Egon Schiele was exploring representations of the body with wild, restless energy.

Emil Nolde, Young Couple (1913) - detail
In a series of multicolored prints, Nolde captured the awkward experience of watching a couple fight in public.

Emil Nolde, Young Couple

Henri Matisse, Dance I - detail
You know that painting from third grade your mom won’t take off the fridge? This is different. Mostly.

Henri Matisse, Dance I