Jeune Femme a la Fenetre
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.