Nu Allongée, 1924
Nu Allongée, 1924

CHARLES CAMOIN (1879-1965)

Nu Allongée, 1924

1924 BC France

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In Nu Allongée Camoin masterfully depicts a curvaceous woman reclining upon a bed, drifting off into a peaceful slumber. The model is painted with a natural ease and suggestive sensuousness, concentrating on the idea of woman as muse, relaxed and pensive with a sure sense of colour. The soft curves of her body are echoed by the swathes of cloth that she reclines upon.

The 1920’s marked a significant point in Camoin’s career when he moved his focus away from painting landscapes and still life's, to become increasingly focused on the depiction of female nudes in rich and sumptuous environments. Influenced by his friend and neighbour Henri Matisse, he developed a penchant for placing his sitter in an interior space with lavish patterning with a focus on different textures and motifs. The lush, colourful green backdrop behind the sitter’s body gives suggestions of an exterior landscape and yet the model appears to be inside. This suggests that this piece is a combination of a study from real life, as well as a view into the sitter’s dreams. As ever, Camoin's primary concerns were with simple expression and sensuous surface as demonstrated so beautifully in this piece.

This piece was exhibited at the famous Salon d’Automne in 1926 under the title “Nu au voile de Gênes". Gênes, now present day Genoa, was a part of France under Napoleon and was famous for the indigo dye that they used for sails and sailing apparel. The title clearly alludes to the veins of indigo running through the painting and the bright blue sails of Genoa. The work was also exhibited that same year at Galerie Bourgeat in Paris, a gallery that was renowned for exhibiting avant-garde artists.
Regis-Thiollet, Argenteuil, 24 November 1998, n°11 (repr.p.1 of the catalogue);
Anonymous sale, Artcurial, Paris, 23 March 2010, lot 41;
Private Collection, by whom acquired in 2010;
Private Collection, London

Paris, Salon d'Automne under the tile "Nu au voile de Gênes", 1926, n°520;
Paris, Galerie Bourgeat, 1926
This work will be included in the forthcoming Charles Camoin catalogue raisonné being prepared by the Archives Camoin.

Height 23.60 inch (59.94 cm)
Width 32.00 inch (81.28 cm)
Stock Code
Oil on canvas
Signed and dated lower right
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