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Camoin: A "fauve" on the loose

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.

Paul Gauguin. Vision après le Sermon. 1888. National Galleries of Scotland.
Charles CAMOIN Port de Cassis, 1904 Huile sur toile, 33 x 41 cm Collection particulière © Archives Camoin (Jean-Louis Losi) ADAGP, Paris 2022

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.

Camille Pissarro. La Marne à Chennevières. 1864. National Galleries of Scotland
Charles CAMOIN Lola sur la terrasse, 1920 Huile sur toile, 33 x 41 cm collection particulière © Archives Camoin (tous droits réservés) ADAGP, Paris 2022

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exhibition of a hundred works (fifty-three paintings and fifty drawings, watercolors and pastels), some of which are unpublished or rarely shown, leads to a rediscovery of the work of a painter little known to the general public.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



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