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Museum: 10:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Gardens: 7:00 AM - 5:30 PM
Camoin, Charles
(1879-1965)
Collection: European Collection
Specialty: Paintings
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While enrolled in the Ecole des Beaux-Arts in Paris, Charles Camoin met
fellow students Henri Matisse and Albert Marquet; the three of them, along
with Georges Roualt, Henri Manguin, Andre Derain, and Maurice de Vlaminck,
formed the group of artists christened the Fauves ("wild beasts") for
their "wild" expressionistic use of color and refusal to conform to the
standards of the Paris Salon. The Fauves used both bold lines and flat
planes, but emphasized color above all else, choosing it to express
emotional states of mind, a technique that would eventually give birth to
the Post-Modernist Abstract Expressionists and Color Field painters of the
1950s. In addition to his friends Matisse and Marquet, Camoin was
influenced by Van Gogh, whose work he emulated while on military duty in
Arles, and Paul Cezanne, who became his mentor after Camoin began visiting
him daily in 1902. In later life, Camoin divided his time between Paris
and St. Tropez, especially reveling in and immortalizing the color and
light of the port city. As he said near the end of his life: I am still
a Fauve. There are two kinds of colors, real ones and superficial ones.
You have to choose.