The artist won the Legion D’Honneur for his contribution to art and his work can be found in many museums.
Jean Laronze originally intended to go into business and did not devote his time to painting until the age of 30.
After working with Dardoize he went to the Académie Julian in Paris in 1882, where he was taught by Bouguereau and Tony Robert-Fleury. He was decorated with the Légion d'Honneur in 1906.
Laronze excelled at depicting the meadows and rivers of the Charolais region. His technique was broad, flexible and harmonious, his palette varied and rich.
He showed a liking for the effects of light on water and fishermen's faces. In a manner similar to that of Jean-François Millet, he depicted a supreme and magnified nature which gives an impression of melancholic calm.