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.
Text Source: The Oxford Dictionary of Art and Artists (Oxford University Press)