French landscape and marine painter, etcher and lithographer. Born at Nantes. Began to paint at the age of eighteen and was encouraged by two local artists, the brothers Leduc. Sent to Liverpool to train for a commercial career; returned to France at the end of 1883. 1884-90 continued in commerce at Nantes, painting in his spare time. Became acquainted with Impressionism and was encouraged by the Nantes painter Le Roux and the sculptor Le Bourg. First exhibited at the Paris Salon 1886. Gave up commerce in 1890 and went to Brittany, where at Pont-Aven he met Gauguin and Serusier. Took a studio in Paris 1892. First one-man exhibition at Le Barc de Boutteville, Paris, 1894. Painted mainly in Brittany, especially near Quiberon, but also at various points on the Normandy coast and in and near Paris; worked 1895-6 in the Highlands of Scotland, 1913 in Algeria, and occasionally in Touraine and the South of France. Died at Poncé (Sarthe).
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.503