The painter-draughtsman-engraver Henri Evenepoel is born in France (1872, Nice) from Belgian parents. At Brussels he receives his first artistic training at the Academy of Saint-Josse-ten-Node, then at the Academy of Fine Arts. He studies painting and decoration. After settling in Paris in 1892, he takes classes in decorative art, and enters (1893) the atelier of Gustave Moreau, who reveals his special gifts. He copies Rembrandt and Botticelli at the Louvre, but in 1893, sketches the show and the animation of Parisian life. Evenepoel is interested in the graphic arts of his time, appreciates Steinlen, Cheret, Forain, Willette, Grasset. He even ventures into the art of the poster, in lithography and etching. He gradually develops his favorite theme: the portrait. Sent to Algeria during the winter 1897-98, the use of pocket Kodak, which often replaces the sketches from life, helps him to control the light for the benefit of simplifying the space and chromatic chords. His synthesis of the forms, the subtle use of tones and values which "bring the entire plan on the surface of the work", bring him closer to the concerns of nabis (Vuillard, among others), then in a more simplistic way announces Fauvism. He dies in Paris in 1899.