Apprentice of Baker and Diaz, Léon Richet sometimes appears audacious in his manner of treating the light of the sky and the reflections in the water. He debuted at the Salon in 1869 with Bouleaux sur les hauteurs de la Plaine blanche, forêt de Fontainebleau, and Mare dans la gorge aux Loups. He also paints in Normandy, in Picardie, and in the Bourbonnais, where he shows himself faithful, but sometimes more lyric, to the principles of the school of Barbizon.
Léon Richet was born in Solesmes in 1847. He was a pupil of Diaz, Lefebvre, and Boulanger. He began his career at the Salon in 1869. Richet’s success included a citation in 1885, a second place medal in 1888, and a second class medal in 1901. Classified among the landscape painters who were inspired by leaders of the Barbizon school, Richet holds it in an honorable place. Museums in Leeds, Montreal and Nice are among those that display his work. Richet died in Fontainebleau, March 26, 1907.