Until September 11, the Musée de Montmartre is devoting an exhibition to the painter Charles Camoin, with more than a hundred works presented to the public.
Important place of creation in Montmartre at the turn of the 20th century, the workshops of 12-14, rue Cortot – today the Museum of Montmartre – were occupied by many artists: Pierre-Auguste Renoir, Émile-Othon Friesz, Raoul Dufy, Emile Bernard, Demetrius Galanis, Suzanne Valadon, Maurice Utrillo, André Utter…
In 1908, Charles Camoin occupied one of these workshops there. Generally presented as the "Mediterranean fauve", he is an artist whose work has not been exhibited in Paris for more than forty years.
The exhibition "Charles Camoin, a wild fauve on the loose" is a tribute to the man who devoted his life to what he knew best: capturing beauty to create a symphony of colors on the canvas.
The rich exhibition of a hundred works (fifty-three paintings and fifty drawings, watercolors and pastels), some of which are unpublished or rarely shown, leads to a rediscovery of the work of a painter little known to the general public. .
Based on Charles Camoin's links with Paris and Montmartre bohemia, the itinerary, built in five sections, looks back at the various episodes that placed the painter in the circle of the international avant-garde.
The sections concern his Parisian training at the École des Beaux-Arts in Gustave Moreau's studio in 1898 where he met Matisse, Marquet, Manguin, his affiliation with Fauvism, his years of maturity where he continued his research on the female nude, his more expressionist period and the destruction of all the canvases in his studio in 1914.
The last part is devoted to the works produced on his return from mobilization (1919), a moment from which, living between Paris and Saint-Tropez, he continued his research on the landscape.
In his art and history lectures, Fabrice Roy combines the past with the present, in a poetic and playful evocation of the French 19th century...
Musée de Montmartre
12, rue Cortot - 75018 Paris