French painter and etcher, born at Boussy-Saint-Antoine (Seine-et-Oise). Began to study art in 1900 at the Académie de la Grande Chaumière and the Académie Colarossi, then in 1901 in the studio of L.O. Merson, while also attending the Ecole des Langues Orientales. After military service 1902-3, also studied 1904-7 first in the studio of J.P. Laurens and then at the Académie de la Palette, where the teachers included Desvallières, Guérin and Blanche. Became very friendly with Luc-Albert Moreau and Boussingault, his fellow pupils. Discovered Saint Tropez in 1908 and from then on tended to move between the Ile-de-France and Provence. Began to make oil paintings of landscapes, still life and nudes with heavily modelled forms in thick paint, as well as drawings of dancers, boxers, etc. in a freer, more animated style. First one-man exhibition at the Galerie Levesque, Paris, 1914. War service 1914-19. From 1919-20 also made a large number of etchings and watercolours, his etchings including illustrations to the Georgics, Colette's La Treille Muscate, the poems of Ronsard and various other books. Awarded First Prize at the 1933 Pittsburgh International and the main prize for painting at the 1934 Venice Biennale. Died in Paris.
Ronald Alley, Catalogue of the Tate Gallery's Collection of Modern Art other than Works by British Artists, Tate Gallery and Sotheby Parke-Bernet, London 1981, p.196