French painter, born in Marseilles. In 1896 he moved to Paris, where he studied at the École des Beaux-Arts alongside Manguin, Marquet, and Matisse. With them he became a member of the Fauves, but although he shared their liking for pure and bright colour, his work was less extreme. In 1916 he met Renoir, whose paintings greatly impressed him, and from this time Camoin's work belongs more to the Impressionist tradition than to any of the revolutionary movements of the 20th century. Bonnard was another major influence on him. His work was varied in subject, his large output including portraits, still-lifes, interiors, landscapes, and nudes, all painted with an air of freshness and spontaneity.
From A Dictionary of Modern and Contemporary Art in Oxford Reference.