Lot 13
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Charles Camoin, 1879-1965

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  • Charles Camoin
  • signed
  • oil on canvas
  • 54 by 81cm.; 21¼ by31 7/8 in.
  • Painted in 1904.


Acquired by the grandfather of the present owner circa 1905-10

Catalogue Note

This painting of 1904 is a striking example of Camoin's work of this period.  The strong vibrant colours and powerful brushstrokes are synonymous with the fauvist ideal of the supremacy of colour as reflecting an emotional force.  For this reason, Camoin's work was exhibited in the 'cage des fauves' at the Salon d'Automne in 1905. 

Charles Camoin was a pupil at the École des Beaux Arts de Paris in the studio of Gustave Moreau during which time he met Marquet, Matisse and Jean Puy.  In 1900, military service took him to Arles where he became inspired by the work of Van Gogh.  The resonant yellows and blues evident in this work bear some testament to the lasting impact of Van Gogh on Camoin.  However, like many of Camoin's contemporaries, the evolution of a singular style during this early period was not only formed on the basis of influences from other artists and movements, but also upon the particular environment of Provence and the south of France.  The brilliant colours are evocative not only of the fauves but are also a reflection of the light and beauty of Camoin's native surroundings.