Girl in a White Blouse
ArtistBela Adalbert Czobel (Hungarian, 1883 – 1976)
MediumOil on canvas
DimensionsCanvas : 23 1/2 x 19 3/4 in. (59.69 x 50.17 cm)
Frame : 32 1/4 x 28 1/4 in. (81.92 x 71.75 cm)
Credit LineGift of Dr. Albert Vanthof
Fauvism was an avant-garde painting movement that emerged in Europe during the early decades of the 20th century. The Fauves advocated a move away from the picturesque qualities of later Impressionism, and instead favored simplified, stylized images painted with bold lines and vivid colors. The goals of the Fauves were to disrupt the art world and to encourage more progressive social thinking by violating bourgeois expectations. Bela Czobel first encountered the Fauves in 1905 at their inaugural exhibition in Paris. The Fauve exhibition was a revelation to Czobel, who radically changed his own style to follow Fauvist principles. Over the next two decades, Czobel helped spread Fauvism to Hungary, the Netherlands and Germany. He returned to France in 1925, and spent much of his remaining life alternating between homes in France and Hungary, constantly developing his own version of the Fauvist style.