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Albert-Gabriel Rigolot was born in Paris on November 28, 1862, and died there on April 25, 1932. Son of a house painter, the young Albert sometimes worked with his father after school but did not join the family business, preferring instead to paint pictures.
By age 14 he had already produced exceptional drawings; by 19 he was working on canvas. He studied with Leon Pelouse (1885-1889) and Auguste Allongé (1889-1891) who guided him on an extensive exploration of his m (showing 500 of 2901 characters).