Yoshi’s Fauvist Island

Super Mario World 2: Yoshi’s Island is a legend among 2-D platformers—but its art design was something to behold as well. It’s intense, vivid and contrasting use of color recalls Fauvism, the 20th century art movement. Just as Fauvism took Impressionism’s abstraction to a wilder, weirder level, so does Yoshi’s Island embrace artistic passion and messiness. Kyle Chayka explains why Yoshi’s Island is full of more “wild beasts” than we realize.