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CHARLES CAMOIN (French / 1879-1965)

One of the original Fauve group, Charles Camoin was born in Marseille; just as with Braque, his father was a painter-decorator. From the age of seven, Charles Camoin spent his mornings at the Beaux-Arts, Marseille; at nineteen he entered Gustave Moreau's studio at the Beaux-Arts, Paris. There he met his fellow-Fauves, Albert Marquet, Henri Matisse, and Henri Manguin, and soon also Raoul Dufy, Othon Friesz, Maurice de Vlaminck, André Derain and Georges Braque. Charles Camoin was influenced not just by his immediate contemporaries (notably Matisse and Marquet, with whom he often travelled; our photograph shows them in Tangier in 1912, with Camoin in the centre), but also by the generation before. In 1900 while on military service in Arles he revisited motifs familiar from the paintings of Van Gogh; until the painter’s death in 1906 he made regular visits to Paul Cezanne in Aix, visiting him daily over several months in 1902. After he and Matisse visited Pierre-Auguste Renoir in 1918, Charles Camoin became more and more influenced by Renoir and Bonnard. Unlike the other Fauves, Camoin was slow to turn to printmaking, not making his first two etchings until 1934. His total output of prints is small. In 1946 he issued an album of ten prints with Rombaldi; between 1943 and 1955 he published five lithographs with Mourlot; and in 1956 he published a further ten lithographs in the album Eloge de Charles Camoin. It is from this latter source that our prints come. See: Giraudy, Camoin, sa vie, son oeuvre, 1972; Freeman et. al., The Fauve Landscape, 1990.

See also:

JULES CAVAILLÈS
RAOUL DUFY
ANDRÉ DERAIN
OTHON FRIESZ
HENRI CHARLES MANGUIN
ALBERT MARQUET
HENRI MATISSE
MAURICE DE VLAMINCK

Selected prints by CHARLES CAMOIN

Nature morte à la
théière, 1956
Lithograph
Baigneuse, 1956
Lithograph
Midinette, 1956
Lithograph

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