Born at St.Martin de Re, an island off La Rochelle, on the 26th August 1870, into an artistic family, his father being a sculptor with a studio in Paris. The family having moved from Paris during the war of 1870. As a young man, he was sent to live with an uncle in Paris, where he studied with Rousseau, Bouguereau, Robert-Fleury, Baschet and Royer. He was greatly influenced by Monet, Pissarro, Degas and Van Gogh.
Baudoin developed his own post-impressionist style, a master of composition, light and colour. In 1927 at an exhibition of his work at Galerie Charpentier, the French State acquired for the nation, his ‘Le Pont St Michel et Notre Dame’.
The Catalogue for a London exhibition of Impressionist and Post-Impressionist Paintings from the 20th Century, held at King Street, St.James’s, included Bernard, Boudin, Derain, d’Espagnat, Dufy, Forain, Kisling, Lebasque, Marquet, Maufra Montezin, Valdon, Valtat, van Dongen and a group of works by Baudoin, said
“Some of the most interesting paintings in the collection are by the recently re-emerged Jean-Frank Baudoin (1870-1961), a native of an Island near La Rochelle, who may qualify as one of the last great undiscovered artists of the French 20th century.”