Charles Camoin (1897-1965)
Charles Camoin was born in France in 1897. He studied art under Gustave Moreau at the Ecole des Beaux Arts in Paris. There he met some influential friends and together they formed the Fauve art movement. This group consisted of artists Henri Manguin, Henri Matisse, André Derain, Georges Rouault and Maurice de Vlaminck. Fauve, meaning “Wild Beasts”, is known for its wild expressionist color pallet that broke away from the Impressionist pastels of the time. In 1903, Charles Camoin exhibited at the Salon des Artistes Independants. This lead to his first solo show the following year in Paris at the Galerie Berthe Weill. By 1913, his work was shown in three retrospective shows. He also participated in the landmark Armory Show in New York in 1913. Another major retrospective was held in 1971 in Nice, France.
Camoin painted a variety of subjects, including still lifes, landscapes, nudes and portraits. Today, his style is considered to be a blend of both post-Impressionism and Fauvism. He was the last surviving member of the Fauves and died in 1965. His work is found in museums around the globe and are highly prized by collectors, as Charles Camoin made a significant contribution to the history of art and influenced countless artist that followed.