Jacques-Henri Delpy was born in Bois-le-Roi (Seine-et-Marne) in 1877.
His father, Hippolyte-Camille Delpy (1842-1910), was a very prolific artist; a landscapist and engraver, he was influenced by the Barbizon School and was a pupil of Daubigny (1817-78), with whom he enjoyed painting expeditions on the elder painter’s boat.
He also knew Pissarro and Cézanne, and his work shows the influence of their brushwork and use of colour. He went on to exhibit at the Expo Universelle of 1900. His son, Jacques-Henri, was trained by his father; his work is mainly in the style of Daubigny with a slight impressionist flavour.
Both father and son produced pictures of similar subjects and in the same idiom: serene and timeless idylls, illuminated by the sun of a golden age.
Jacques-Henri also painted still life subjects in a much more modern idiom; for example, Poppies in a vase, where the areas of flat bold colour and graphic treatment are very different from his pastoral landscapes.
He was elected a member of the Sociétaire du salon des Artistes Français; he exhibited in the Salon and with the Indépendants.