Mar 24

Where the Wild Things Are: The Fauves

Helga Aurisch, Ph.D.

This lecture and tour on Fauvism, based on the Special Exhibition on Matisse and Derain on display at Museum of Fine Arts, Houston February 25 - May 27, will be an exclusive experience!

Sunday Lecture at WIH: March 24 | 3:00 PM – 4:30 PM
Guided Tour with Dr. Aurisch at MFAH: Wednesday, March 27 | 11:00 AM

The art critic Louis Vauxelles dubbed the painters who had created the outrageously colorful works shown for the first time at the Salon d’Automne 1905 in Paris as “Fauves,” or Wild Things. The leaders of the group were Henri Matisse and André Derain who had spent five weeks together in the southern French fishing village of Collioure developing a new style of painting, created virtually entirely out of color. Working both in tandem and also challenging each other, these two artists’ works are the focus of the exhibition “Vertigo of Color: Matisse, Derain, and the Origins of Fauvism,” curated by Ann Dumas and Dita Amory and currently on view at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. It will be shown at the MFAH from February 25 to May 27, 2024.

We will take a close look at the works in this exhibition ahead of our group visit to the MFAH on March 27. We will also compare them to the Fauve works collected by John A. and Audrey Jones Beck, who had a particular love for these artists. It was John Beck who wrote, “It is thanks to the genius of Matisse, Derain, Vlaminck, Braque, and Dufy (probably the outstanding Fauves) that today we have a brighter and more colorful world in which to live…Certainly, the “Wild Beasts” have given me, both as collector and as viewer, many happy moments.”

Through Audrey Jones Beck’s generous donation of the entire collection, many Houstonians have been able to share their appreciation for these effulgent works, which include such favorites as André Derain’s Turning Road, L’Estaque, Henri Matisse’s Woman in a Purple Coat, František Kupka’s The Yellow Scale, and Kees van Dongen’s The Corn Poppy. *This is a limited enrollment class.

The March 24 class will be held in-person at WIH and simulcast via Zoom. Visit to MFAH on March 27 is in-person only



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