Albert Gabriel Rigolot was born in Paris on the 28th November, 1862. He studied and revered the work of the Old Masters and they greatly influenced his own artistic development. Rigolot's technique was measured and precise. His naturalistic style and treatment of light is reminiscent of the Barbizon School - perhaps best illustrated in his portrayals of sunlit ponds and rivers. His paintings offer vignettes of rural French life - peasants in Brittany rendered with a warmth and sensitivity that illustrates Rigolot's affection for his subject matter. Harvest scenes were another of his favourite themes - these show equal competence in painting figures and mastering depth and composition in landscape.
Rigolot travelled to Algeria, as was fashionable amongst artists in the late 19th Century. He painted many Oriental scenes and was consequently elected a member of the French Society of Orientalists. These works show the sophisticated, poetic vision that was the hallmark of the Orientalists and is seen in the work of great artists such as Jean Leon Gerome (1824-1904).
He was a member of the Societe des Artistes Francais from 1888, and from 1886 he exhibited regularly at the Paris Salon. In 1889 he was recommended for the Honours List - he received a Medaille de Troisieme Classe in 1891, a Medaille Deuxieme Classe in 1892, a Medaille d'Argent in 1900 and the Legion of Honour in 1901. This recognition from the state illustrates Rigolot's importance as a cultural figure at the time.