(French: “Wild Beasts”).  Les Fauves is the name applied to an early20th-century movement in painting begun by a group of French artists and marked by the use of vivid colors, dynamic brushwork and expressive, simplied forms. The group included Henri Matisse, André Derain, Raoul Dufy, Maurice de Vlaminck, and Kees van Dongen. The group mounted three exhibitions in Paris in 1905 and 1906.

André Derain. Charing Cross Bridge. Oil on canvas. 1906. Musée d’Orsay, Paris.