Wild Beasts

©Marisa S White, The Corn Poppy, Fauvism, Wild Beasts, Self Portraits, Fine Art


Wild Beasts, or Fauves, were born early out of the twentieth century as a break away response from the Impressionism Movement. Their style, expressed in bold, bright colors, often times using paint straight from the tube, displays prominent brush strokes littering across the canvas creating massive color blocks. They sometimes rejected three dimensional space altogether. Matisse was at the forefront of this movement known as Fauvism, which predominantly flourished in France.

So it’s clear, I have France on the brain. I’ve been scouring the likes of Etsy, Vintage online stores and my local Goodwill Outlets for the perfect wardrobe and accessories for use in future photography projects in France. One trip to Glastonbury produced this amazing $3 find…one bright, cadmium red angora, wide brimmed hat. Instantly, I was walking through the rooms of the Museum of Fine Arts in Houston, approaching my favorite painting, The Corn Poppy, by Kees van Dongen. The colors, so vivid, call out to me, still fresh after all the years. I would sit for a long time just staring at this painting. What was she thinking? Who was she looking for?

Since I’ve been in a self portrait kick as of late, it only seemed natural to paint myself up, put on waaay too much black eye shadow, throw on the hat and go to town. I have to say, this was the most fun I’ve had playing in Photoshop to date. If only I could’ve painted this well back in college. With that being said, I never quite mastered painting (this is probably why my work has gone more mixed media, photographic and digital manipulation over the years) but I did love pastel drawings. Chalk. So this is my rendition of van Dongen’s masterpiece, a digital chalk drawing of my favorite painting.


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