CAMOIN Charles ( 1879 / 1965 )
Still life with pitcher.
Oil on canvas signed lower left.
15 / 21,6 in
Born in 1879 in Marseille, Charles Camoin belongs to that generation of artists who made the hinge between the nineteenth and twentieth century. Very close to Matisse, Manguin and Marquet met during his time in the studio of Gustave Moreau at the Beaux-Arts in Paris, he participated with them in the "Cage aux Fauves" the Salon d'Automne in 1905.
Therefore affiliated to Fauvism, he quickly found success, regularly exhibiting in the Parisian and European shows. Although Camoin favors in his work expression through color, it always remains attached to the transcription pattern and its light variations. So it was probably "the most impressionistic of wild beasts" in the words of Bernard Dorival.
Camoin was also in his time the messenger of the doctrine of Paul Cézanne. He remains indeed very marked by his meeting with the master of Aix which he vowed the deepest and most profound admiration. The close links it establishes with Cézanne and the letters he receives from him mark his main contribution to the history of art of this period. Staff perspective, this meeting determined for a long time the originality of the art of Camoin which tends to reconcile the spontaneity of colorful gesture to the order of reason.
After the war, Camoin divides his time between his studio in Montmartre and Saint-Tropez, where he settled in 1921, claiming more and more his taste for sensual painting, sensual and spontaneous impression of the presence of Renoir which it makes also visit in 1918. he lives his life attached to his favorite themes, the Midi scenery, female portraits, still lifes and nudes. So last survivor of the original tawny group, he died in 1965 in his Montmartre studio.
After the two large retrospective exhibitions in Nice in 1971 and more recently organized by the Cantini Museum in Marseille in 1998, his work is still relatively unknown to the public. In the field of art history, his name almost always appears among the artists affiliated to Fauvism, but his work has been the subject of any academic work from that of Danièle Giraudy in 1972.
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