Born at Aubusson May 12, 1905 of a bourgeois Auvergnat family. Admitted at the age of seventeen to the Ecole des Beaux-Arts of Rouen, he then entered upon his law studies. He established himself in Paris in 1930 and began by doing strong Fauve painting. His art improved during the course of the following years: trips in the Creuse ( 1931 and 1932), Holland ( 1932), Spain ( 1933), and during these trips he painted many landscapes. In 1935 he received the Prix Paul Guillaume. Important decoration for the Palais de la Découverte in 1937 (Découverte des eaux souterraines). During a captivity of two and a half years ( 1940-1942) he concerned himself entirely with the theatre. Returned to work, he sent paintings to an exhibition in Copenhagen (Galerie Corner) ( 1945) and had an exhibition at the Galerie de Berri ( 1946). He was awarded the Hallmark Prize in 1949.