Camille Hilaire’s truly remarkable oeuvre testifies to a certain respect for tradition, yet remains astonishingly free. He remained largely on the sidelines of the 20th century’s various artistic rifts and continued to produce radiant paintings filled with dazzling colours.


Camille Hilaire’s childhood

Camille Hilaire was born into a family of modest means in Metz, France, where he spent his youth and studied. The young man begins his career as a house painter.

In the 1930s, he began drawing and painting. At that time, he frequented the city library to copy Hans Holbein, and especially Albrecht Dürer,
that he admired greatly.

Like the master, he acquired certainty of line and a keen sense of detail. He was also fascinated by the light emanating from the works of the great Italian painters. Jean Giono and Nicolas Untersteller noticed his work and were welcomed him in his studio in Metz. Following the mayor’s invitation, he started to work in Paris, which allowed him to attend the Fine Arts Academy.

During the Second World War and the German occupation of Paris, he registered under an alias, Leblanc. At the same time, he attended André Lhote’s classes and exhibited for the first time at the Salon d’Automne in 1942.

Camille Hilaire. His artistic journey

In 1947, Camille Hilaire shifted to a teaching career and began giving lectures on drawing and decorative composition at the “Ecole Nationale Supérieure d’Art de Nancy” and at the Ecole Nationale Supérieure d’Art de Paris after 1958.
He opened up to new techniques and worked on watercolor, lithography, tapestry and stained glass. In 1947, a travel grant enabled him to discover France.

It was a very productive period. Unfortunately, there are almost no paintings left, as the painter destroyed nearly everything.

In 1958, he was appointed professor of drawing at the Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Beaux-Arts in Paris. From 1964 on, he divided his time between the South of France and Normandy and sketched numerous studies on nature, which he developed in his studio. His work is oriented towards light and color.

Camille Hilaire. Inspiration from his travels

Camille Hilaire fed his talent from his travels throughout the century.
His paintings express its beauty and diversity, from Venice to Normandy, which he particularly liked.
His work is on the threshold of figuration and post-Cubism. All his life, he was able to cultivate a creative autonomy, free from the major avant-garde movements the great majority of his contemporaries were borrowing from. His work is authentic and luminous, his universe rich and colorful. Numerous monographs are devoted to him throughout the world, and he remains in the history of art as one of the painters who marked the first half of the 20th century.

Camille Hilaire has been part of the Estades permanent collection since 1990. His work is exhibited on the four sites of the Estades Gallery, in Paris, Lyon, Toulon, and Baden-Baden (Germany).

Camille Hilaire. His work’s asking price

Buy or sell a work by Camille Hilaire

Private sales between individuals allow for a more muted and confidential transaction with gallery owners and real art experts.
These specialists’ expert eye and tailor-made advice will guide you to complete this exceptional purchase.
Auction sales are appreciated because they bring you the opportunity to get artworks at a competitive price. They can also be an opportunity to buy lots and series.

However, this process requires a serious commitment on your part.

Print, drawing, lithography, oil on canvas, gouache, watercolor, pastel, sculpture, the Estades gallery offer its customers passionate about art the possibility to acquire major works of Camille Hilaire.

Above all, beyond a sale or a purchase of art, the Estades gallery offers you real exchange about art and genuine support of your art investment.

Camille Hilaire. Art price estimate

Specifically, experts and art professionals will use several criteria to estimate an artwork.

For example, to determine the price of an oil on canvas by Camille Hilaire, art experts, gallery owners, or auctioneers will examine the latest sale prices for similar works.

What are the criteria to estimate an artwork by Camille Hilaire?

  • Uniqueness
  • Condition
  • Signature
  • Size of the work
  • Theme
  • Medium

Concerning the artworks of Camille Hilaire and as an example, an oil on canvas will cost between 4,000 and 19,000 euros.

Identifying an artwork by Camille Hilaire?

Do you own an original work of art by Camille Hilaire? Did the artist himself sign it?

Then, you own an essential element for the authentication of the artwork. Unfortunately, this signature does not necessarily guarantee the authenticity of the artwork because the artists’ signature is copied as often as his work.

Many modern and contemporary artists such as Camille Hilaire are victims of imitations. If you want to sell your work on the art market and get the best price, you need a certificate of authenticity. It can be signed by an expert specialized in the artist’s work, an auctioneer, or a professional gallery owner.

Camille Hilaire. Value of his work

It is not easy to understand how modern or contemporary artists such as Camille Hilaire are assessed.
Several factors are being used.
Painting, bronze sculpture, gouache, watercolor, oil on canvas, his media are diverse, and his skill is expressed abundantly in all.

As the talent of the artist, the prices of his work can also surprise. Modest works sell for a few hundred euros, while more significant works can reach several thousand euros.

Such price differences are seldom astonishing. Whether you are an experienced art buyer, a collector, an investor, or only a passionate individual, asking yourself what justify these prices is legitimate.

What is the value of a work by Camille Hilaire The experts who will establish this critical estimate will take into account several factors:

  • Sale record
  • Creation date
  • Medium and style
  • Artistic notoriety
  • Peer recognition
See some examples of works by Camille HILAIRE available for sale
See the work of Modern Masters exhibited at the Estades Gallery
Born août 1916
Died juin 2004

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