Born in 1869, Henri Royer was a French portrait, genre and landscape artist. He was particularly known for his paintings from Brittany, a region in northwestern France, which portrayed scenes from ordinary life.
Royer advanced his art education in Paris at the Ecole des Beaux-Arts and at the Academie Julian, where he studied with Jules Joseph Lefebvre and Theodore Devilly. He exhibited regularly at the Paris Salon. During this time, the artist created many portraits of notable figures of the day, including aristocrats, politicians, scientists and other artists. He also became a professor at the Academie Julian and the Ecole des Beaux-Arts.
In 1896, Royer traveled to Brittany with his wife and spent long periods painting there for the rest of his life. Showing great attention to detail, he preferred to depict people, rather than the scenery. A devout Catholic, Royer created many religious works. The artist died in 1938.