Gaston La Touche was born in St Cloud, France, in 1854. Although he received no formal artistic training, he came into contact with artist such as Edouard Manet and Felix Bracquemond with whom he shared a commitment to presenting the truth through their art.
La Touche exhibited widely in Paris, at the Société Nationale des Beaux-Arts and the Société des Peintres et Sculptures, as well as in London at the Fine Art Society. He was awarded the Légion d’honneur in 1900.
His work is held by the Hermitage Museum, St Petersburg, Musée d’Orsay, Paris, the Walters Art Museum, Maryland.