Lyon, 9 January 1846 – Lyon, 1 January 1920

He was a French painter, mostly known for historical and battle scenes.

Watercolorist and orientalist, he travelled in the Middle East to paint scenes of streets and markets and, mostly, hunting scenes with knights and horses painted with vibrant colours.

He took his first lessons from his father, pharmacist and amateur painter. At twelve years old he attended to the Ecole des Beaux-Arts de Lyon where he studied with Victor Vibert e Jean Baptiste Danguin. In 1861 he won the first prize in the painting and lithography contest organized by the Société des Amis des Arts.

In 1869 he debuted at the Salon de Paris; in 1894 he becomes director, by ministerial order, of the Musée des Beaux-Arts de Lyon which, in 1889, under his direction, receives the bronze medal at the Universal Exposition of Paris.

In 1891 he receives a special mention at the Salon des Artistes Français.

In 1900 he was named a Knight in the Legion of Honour.

Due to the weakening of his sight, he resigned his position at the Ecole in 1918 and died two years later.