French painter and etcher of Breton scenes and also, occasionally, of traditional religious subjects. Born at Grenoble of Breton parents, the son of a general; his family moved in 1889 to Vannes (Morbihan). Studied for a few months at the Ecole des Arts Décoratifs, then for five years under Cormon at the Ecole des Beaux-Arts. Frequented the Louvre, being particularly attracted by the works of Millet. Began engraving in 1903-4, with encouragement and instruction from Marcel Beltrand and D.S. MacLaughlan. In Holland in 1905 was influenced by Breughel. First one-man exhibition at the Galerie Barbazanges, Paris, 1912. Made over 1500 prints and late in life won a considerable reputation with his illustrated books, which included J. Guibert's Le Pélerin des Sept Saintes de Bretagne (1938) and - made with the help and on the advice of Segonzac - the Fables de La Fontaine (1941). Continued all the time to paint, but his paintings are comparatively little known. Died in Vannes.
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.226