(b Honfleur, 12 July 1824; d Deauville, 8 Aug. 1898). French painter. The son of a sailor, he began his career working in a stationery and picture-framing business in the port of Le Havre. His clients there included several well-known artists, notably Millet, who encouraged him to paint. Although he studied intermittently in Paris, he spent virtually all his life on the Normandy coast and his paintings are mainly small-scale beach scenes and seascapes, notable for their luminous skies.
Text source: The Oxford Dictionary of Art and Artists (Oxford University Press)