He was born in the Belgian town of Mons in 1812, where he went onto study at the local art academy. For many years he lived in the Mons of Belgium, painting the scenes of the surrounding countryside for local patrons. Wishing to expand his reputation he moved to Brussels around 1850 and immediately came to attention of a wider public and the art critics of the day. His paintings, executed in both oils and watercolors, were soon selected by the various Salon exhibition committees to be shown publicly at the prestigious venues of Brussels. He was a full member of the Société Royale Belge de Aquarellistes and a frequent exhibitor at the Brussels Salon until 1881. His work can be seen today in several important Belgian collections including the museums of Antwerp and Courtrai.