If many artists fought to gain their parents support, Emile Othon-Friesz has always had his parents back in his wish to pursue an artistic career. He started his studies at the Havre's school of Fine Arts where he gained a scholarship to study at Paris's one. There, he met Charles Camoin, Henri-Charles Manguin as well as Albert Marquet and Henri Matisse with whom his artworks were exhibited at the 1905 Salon d'Automne, which saw the rise of the Fauve movement. His presence within the Salon, and his artworks, enabled him to be recognized as a key figure of the Fauve movement. When travelling in Anvers, Honfleur or the Havre, Emile Othon-Friesz rendered landscapes with flaming colors; characteristic of this movement.
From 1907 onward, Friesz progressively abandoned the Fauvist aesthetic and started realizing more traditional artworks composed with rigorous structures in the footsepts of Cézanne.
During his lifetime his artworks have been exhibited in France but also in Berlin at the Secession exhibition, or in New York during the Armory Show.