Camille Hilaire (1916 – 2004)
Camille Hilaire was born in 1916 in Metz, France. He studied at L’École Nationale Supérieure des Beaux-Arts in Paris and participated in group shows in France and eighteen other foreign countries since 1945. He had eight one-man shows in France and abroad since 1951 with regular exhibits at numerous French salons including: the Salon D’Automne, the Salon des Tuileries, and the Salon des Indépendants.
The recipient of eight national and international awards including Le Prix de Venise, Le Chevalier des Arts et des Lettres, and Le Chevalier de l’Ordre du Merite Italien, Camille Hilaire’s works are valued additions in the collections of the French State and national governments, the Musée Djakarta in Indonesia, and in Princeton University in the United States.
Camille Hilaire’s compositions manage to assert structure and achieve power through his use of colour. He found a wonderful and constant sense of calm and scale, capturing light and the elements. Hilaire’s confident awareness of structure is manifested in his landscapes, often characterised by their fresh and spicy greens. Thus, nature and elements became a pretext on which the artist could “push” colour to generate the feel.