French painter born at Dormans (Maine), son of a mason. Self-taught as an artist. Compelled to do forced labour in Germany during the Occupation. Was one of the group of young post-war French artists whose work showed a certain return to realism and subjects drawn from everyday life; exhibited in Paris, London and elsewhere in the late 1940s and early 1950s with Paul Rebeyrolle, Michel de Gallard, Simone Dat and Michel Thompson. Moved to Banyuls-sur-Mer in the late 1950s and no longer belongs to any group. His style has gradually become more abstract, but with a tendency to be influenced by the surrounding landscape.
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, pp.332-3