Antoine Bouvard Senior trained as an architect and studied art and architecture under Constant-Dufeus, at the Ecole des Beaux-Arts in Paris. His paintings show the influence of Felix Ziem, reflecting his love of Venice in the delicacy and fluidity of his use of colour, capturing in his paintings, the warmth and beauty that he found there.
Known as one of the most prolific painters of Venetian genre from this period, Bouvards works are broad and confidently painted, capturing all the atmosphere and charm of one of the most beautiful cities in the world. His popularity has continued to the present day, placing him amongst the most recognized and respected painters of Venetian subjects. Bouvard often painted under the pseudonym of Marc Aldine.