cover image The Fauve Landscape

The Fauve Landscape

James Herbert, Judi Freeman, Alvin Martin. Angeles County Museum of Art, $65 (350pp) ISBN 978-1-55859-025-0

This scholarly, joyously beautiful volume will serve as a definitive reference source on fauvism. A sweeping survey of fauvist color-drenched landscape painting, the study follows Henri Matisse, Andre Derain, Maurice de Vlaminck, Georges Braque, Raoul Dufy, Orthon Friesz and their associates as they forged the first avant-garde art movement of the 20th century. Some 200 color plates and a like number in black and white, an extended chronology and biographical profiles complement essays on the fauvists' break with impressionism, their political views, travels abroad, scandals and the influence of the Norman port of Le Havre (birthplace of Braque, Dufy and Friesz). Edited by Freeman, a curator at the Los Angeles County Museum, the album documents a traveling exhibit. (Nov.)