Born in eastern France in the small town of Semur-enAuxois on May 20, 1848, Dameron was already earning a living as an artist while still in his teens. He had begun his career by drawing coats of arms on carriage doors before producing lithographs for Opera posters and music scores.
In 1870, he was noticed by the painter Leon Germaine Pelouse who encouraged Dameron to paint in oils and persuaded him to travel with him to the town of Cernay where there was an already an established art colony. He was accepted to show at the Paris Salon for the first time in 1872 when he exhibited a work entitled Cour d’auberge à Cernay-la-Ville. It was during this period that he met the great Barbizon painter, Constant Troyon whose advice and teaching would further develop his style. It was at the Universal Exhibition of 1878 that he is really noticed by critics who praised his technical skill and attention to light and detail. He spent his summers in Pont-Aven and in 1878 won a Bronze Medal at the Salon for is for his work entitled Les Bords de l’Aven. In 1881 he would enjoy further success when his painting Cabane de bucheron dans la Vallée des Vaux de Cernay earned him a Silver Medal and was subsequently bought by the French government for the Musee Luxembourg in Paris, where it remains today.
From 1888 he lived a rather nomadic life, travelling throughout France painting the landscape and people he found on is journeys. This example can de dated to this period and illusrats his skills with light in particular. Throughout this, however, he continued to exhibit his paintings at many of France’s most prestigious venues and was often called upon to participate in selection committees for these various institutions. In addition he was rewarded for his services to French art by his investiture to a Chevalier Legion d’Honneur, the highest award given to French citizens.