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Emile Othon Friesz


Like the other representatives of Fauvism, Othon Friesz deploys pure and vivid colors in his works, which go beyond their referential function to reveal the inner world of the artist. The shapes are simplified and the contours marked. Unlike Matisse, one of the leaders of Fauvism, he works in darker colors and favors natural landscapes justifying a similarity between color and object. If Fauvism is a reaction to the softness of Impressionism, Othon Friesz maintains a keen interest in both approaches. In 1901, Friesz was still in his infancy. He took courses at the École des Beaux-Arts in Paris, whose academicism he condemned. Although La chaumière-à-Fontaine-la-Mallet bears witness to Fauvism dispositions through distinct and intense colors, the textural effects of the sky or the blue shadow on the thatched cottage recall the Impressionist heritage.