Born into a profoundly artistic family Emmanuel Charles Louis Benezit was pre-destined to become an artist. He grandfather, Charles Benezit was a musician and close personal friend of Victor Hugo. His father, Emmanuel Benezit was the owner of several important art galleries in Paris and later the author of the most comprehensive dictionary of artists ever produced. Emanuel Charles Louis Benezit was thus born into a family of means in Paris in 1887. From an early age he was exposed to painting, spending hours in his father’s art galleries which were frequented by the likes of Van Gogh, Pissarro and Sisley. He would receive no formal art training but apparently the influences he was receiving from his father’s artistic acquaintances was sufficient for him to develop his own style. He first exhibited at the age of nineteen and in the following years showed at the Salon des Independants, Salon d’Automne and Salon des Tuileries. He married a painter, Marie Salome Spehner but shortly after was conscripted into the French Army at the onset of World War I. As a result of a serious pulmonary infection he left the army and moved to the town of Gassin in the south of France for health reasons. He would remain here for several years before moving to Bormes-les-Mimosas where he established his studio. Things were difficult for him as his distance from Paris made his exposure to the art market limited. His paintings of this period are full of light and brightly colored reflecting the clear white light of the Cote d’Azur. Painted with an exuberance they show the artist’s skills as a painter and colorist, very much in the traditions of the Fauves who also found the southern French light conducive. Finally, in 1930 he moved to the town of Hyeres on the French Riviera where he died in 1975.