( STILL LIFE WITH THE WINDOW OF THE WORKSHOP
OPEN TO THE PORT OF SAINT TROPEZ )
The title describes the setting, but there is nothing literally so simple in this fascinating painting by Charles Camoin. From his residence-studio, Camoin has offered forth a blend of a still life backed by coastal marine scene all in the strong tones and brush strokes of his Fauvist style. By straying from the conventional, Camoin became one of the first truly modern painters of the 20th Century, and he is sharing his personal, private view out his studio window into the glamourous port of St. Tropez.
Within the room, the rush of color and textures beckons a viewer to take the lone seat and just enjoy the beauty of the harbor view, perhaps a small glass of wine as well. Earthy browns compete with red hues, the geometric shape of the chair and window panes repeat in the vibrant checkerboard tablecloth, all in competition with the varied degrees of shadowing cast by the objects. The colors of nature outside carry through to the surface of the open glass windows, and a perspective that pushes across the lighthouse jetty and harbor to the distant Monaco Headland of the French Riviera. This is a wonderful diverse and multi-layered work by a recognized master from among the French Fauvists.
A Certificate of Authenticity confirmed by Madame Grammont-Camoin accompanies the painting.
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