(b Chateau-Renault, Indre-et-Loire, 24 April 1873; d
Montoire-sur-le-Loir, nr Vendôme, 12 Aug 1958). French painter. Like
many naive artists, he discovered his vocation for drawing and
painting late in life. His work as a gardener in Touraine awakened
his love of nature, and he educated himself by reading history and
mythology and by travelling in central and western France. He was
mobilized in World War I and was sent to Greece to take part in the
Dardanelles campaign; on his return to France his drawing skills
were recognized by the Army and he was put in charge of charting and
rangefinding. It was this experience that encouraged him to become a
painter in 1919.
Cleopatra's Barge. 1939
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