From the French word fauve , meaning “wild beast .” A style adopted by artists associated with Matisse, c. 1905-08. They painted in a spontaneous manner, using bold colors. Fauvism was accepted as a new art movement in 1905, after the fading of Post-Impressionism. Fauvism officially began with an art exhibition called the Salon d Automne. The artists gathered here to exhibit their newest works.