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 Charles Camoin  (1879 - 1965)

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Lived/Active: France      Known for: landscape, marine, still life, nude and portrait painting

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BIOGRAPHY for Charles Camoin
1879 (Marsailles, France)


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Biography from Anderson Galleries, Inc.:
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Charles Camoin, enjoyed a successful career that encompassed the end of the nineteenth century and ventured well into the twentieth. Under the tutelage of Gustave Moreau, he worked in a variety of genres, and was considered a practitioner of both the Postimpressionist and the Fauvist styles. It was through Gustave Moreau's studio, that he formed friendships with Cezanne and Matisse, with whom he maintained close correspondence.

With a strong network of influential friends, and a quickly blossoming future, Camoin exhibited for the first time at the Salon des Artistes Independants in 1903, and by 1904 had his first solo exhibition in Paris at the Galerie Berthe Weill. In 1905 Camoin was part of the "cage aux fauves" at the Salon d'Automne, exhibiting alongside Matisse and Derian. Camoin was honored with three retrospective exhibitions, and participated in the historic Armory Show in New York City, in 1913.

Maintaining two studios, one in Montmartre, and one in St. Tropez, Camoin devoted the former to painting still life, nudes, and portraits, and employed the latter for painting views of the harbor, walkways, and landscapes out his studio window. His oeuvre was characterized by vigorous facture, generosity of paint, and lively colors. Camoin though, never fully adhered to the style of Fauvism or Postimpressionism, but rather seemed to have balanced between the two. After his death in 1965, Camoin was represented in a large Fauvist exhibition that traveled to Tokyo, Paris, Munich, and Malines, was also exhibited in several posthumous solo shows. Today, Charles Camoin's paintings can be found in the Touluse-Lautrec Museum in Albi, France; the Museum of the Annunciation in St. Tropez, France; and the Museum of New Mexico in Santa Fe.

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