Camille Bombois was born in Venarey-les-Laumes in southern France. He left school to work on a farm at age twelve and began drawing four years later. By 1907 he had moved to Paris, where he worked on subway construction. After taking a job on the night shift at a newspaper plant, he found more time to paint. Bombois served in the First World War for three years. By 1922, began painting full-time. He displayed his works on the sidewalks at first, then through art dealers. Later his pictures sold well enough to enable him to buy a house in the country. He was one of the ‘Sacred Heart” group, championed by the German art historian Wilhelm Uhde as successors to Henri Rousseau.