John Nieto – The Contemporary Fauvist
Fauvism was a French avant-garde movement in the early twentieth century that attempted to break from impressionism and other traditional methods. The Fauvist style of art is often characterized by bold, undisguised brushstrokes and vibrant colors. Henri Matisse and André Derain lead the movement, and signs of Fauvism in the art world persisted for about a decade. However, historians often designate 1904–1908 as the most active period for the movement. Many artists used Fauvism as a transitional stage before moving on to styles like Cubism.
The engagement with nature and bold, expressive style used in Fauvism impacted artists throughout the twentieth century, and continues to impact many schools of thought in art today. Fauvism was a politically significant and culturally influential, albeit brief, artistic movement. Its emotional, passionate, and sometimes violent nature appealed to pre-World War I Europeans as tensions among European nation states seethed. The intensity of the art transfixes viewers while still maintaining a subtle connection to French Impressionism.
Engaging with the natural world has been a central component of many art movements ranging from Impressionism, to Fauvism, to contemporary art and beyond. John Nieto, a dynamic modern American artist, focuses on bringing vibrant colors and Native American themes to the world of contemporary art. Nieto’s use of bold strokes and color likens him to the Fauvist artists of the early 20th century.
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