Born 11 May 1824 at Vesoul, Haute-Saune, France.
Attended Ecole des Beaux-Arts and tried unsuccessfully to enter Prix de Rome, a scholarship for art students.
He improved his skills with The Cockfight (1846) winning third-class medal at the official art exhibition of the Académie des Beaux-Arts at Paris, known as the Salon.
His success at the Salon led to a career as painter and sculptor in a style that became known as Academicism.
|Phryne before the Areopagus (1861)|
|The Cockfight (1846|