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Born in Fécamp, Normandy, France]], he primarily studied drawing at the Ecole régionale des Beaux-Arts in Le Havre. Because of the German occupation, he was at a time the only student at the school. He then attended the École nationale supérieure des Arts décoratifs, then, in 1951, entered the École des Beaux-Arts in Paris in the atelier of Raymond Legueult .
In 1957 he received the Prix de la critique and in 1960 the Grand Prix de Rome, and took up residence in the Villa Médici where he met Balthus, director of the establishment at the time. He became professor at the École des Beaux-Arts in 1967, a post he held for thirty years, until he became the last professor at the school to teach exclusively in a figurative, realist style of painting. In 1991 he was elected into the Académie des Beaux-Arts, to the chair of Félix Labisse . In 2002 he was made president of the Academy.
His style of painting, much influenced by Balthus, is decorative, but not exclusively so.
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