Born at St. Jean de Bournay in L’Isere, Bouvard was trained as an architect and studied art and architecture under Constance-Dufeus at the Ecole des Beaux Arts in Paris. He became the Director of Architectural Services for the Seine and was responsible for the construction in Paris of the Bourse du Travail and also of the Boulevard Morland.
On one of his numerous painting trips to Venice he met the noted Venetian artist Felix Ziem, the man who greatly influenced his work for the remainder of his life.
Bouvard became very popular owing to his sensitive understanding of Venice. Not only did he capture the activity and glamour of the Grand Canal and the Santa Maria Della Salute but he also caught the atmosphere and serenity of the backwaters. His paintings demonstrate his architectural skill whilst reflecting his love of Venice’s unique light effects.
Bouvard’s works are broad and confidently painted, capturing all the charm of one of the most beautiful cities in the world. He exhibited throughout France and Italy as well as many provincial European galleries during his own lifetime.