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For a short period (1905-1907) Matisse was part of Les Fauves (Wild Beasts), the name given by an art critic to a group of artists whose boldly colored, thickly textured work was shocking in comparison to earlier art. Matisse later said Fauvism meant construction by means of color.
"We were excited when the San Antonio Museum of Art asked us to create a temporary restaurant for the Matisse exhibition, mostly because we've always associated the spirit of The Monterey with 'Les Fauves,' a movement led by Matisse that emphasized spontaneity, wild brushstrokes, and bright, vivid colors," says Chad Carey of the Empty Stomach restaurant group, which owns The Monterey, Hot Joy, and Barbaro. " That's frighteningly-close to our, ahem, 'philosophy' at The Monterey: exuberant, exaggerated, and a little bit wild."
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