Camille Van Camp
Camille van Camp was a Belgian painter and was born in Tongeren in 1834 and died during a recovery cure in Montreux, Switzerland, in 1891. His father, an Antwerp lawyer, was appointed in Tongeren after his marriage, but returned to Antwerp two years later. afterwards to Brussels.
Camille studied at the Brussels Academy and also stayed in Paris. Camille van Camp stayed in Barbizon for a few weeks in 1859 and shortly thereafter lived in Tervuren in the inn “In den Vos”. He can thus be regarded as a liaison man between the Barbizon School and the School of Tervuren. In 1863 Camille van Camp and his friend Hippolyte Boulenger came to Tervuren, which they labeled as the “Belgian Barbizon”. They stayed for a while in the inn “In den Vos” and made plans to found an artists’ colony in Tervuren. He belonged to the School of Tervuren, just like Joseph Coosemans (1828-1904), among others. He belonged in 1868 to the founders of the Société Libre des Beaux-Arts, a group of progressive artists who strived for more individual freedom. With the breakthrough of realistic painting around 1876, the group ceased to exist.
He mainly painted portraits, landscapes, historical scenes and also took care of the illustrations in the book Tijl Uilenspiegel by Charles De Coster.