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In the French language, Fauve may be translated as “wild beast.”  It was the critic Louis Vauxcelles who first coined the term in reference to Henri Matisse and Andre Dérain, after seeing an exhibition of their work at the Salon d’Automne in Paris.

Characterized by a spontaneous expression, with bold and unmasked brushstrokes, and vivid colors direct from the tube, the works of the Fauve movement capture nature with emotion and joy.

So it is with this work of Wassily Kandinsky, entitled “Improvisation III.”  Is there a beast who inspires more emotion and joy than a horse?  I’m biased, I admit, but I don’t think so.

You can see more of Kandinsky’s work now through September 9th in a retrospective on view at the Milwaukee Art Museum, organized jointly by the museum and the Centre Pompidou in Paris.

Unless, of course, you’re just too busy riding your horse and enjoying your own improvisations in the saddle or on the ground.  Have fun this summer, and help your horse have fun, too.

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