A student at the Ecole des Beaux Arts, he benefited from the ‘nature lessons’ of the older Charles Frechon. Disenchanted with local painting groups, he decided to set up the Société des Artistes Rouennais. An indefatigable organizer and man of action, and a strong defender of the artistic patrimony, he was a founding member of the Société des Monuments et Sites de L’Eure. He was a great lover of beauty in all its guises, from monumental sculpture to quaint thatched cottages. In his highly colourful works, flowers such as roses, tulips and lilacs dominated.