Henri Farre was born in France in 1871, later moving to the Americas as an adult, where he became an artist painter of some note. In 1914, at the age of 43, he returned to France to fight for his homeland during World War One. There he was appointed by the French government to produce a series of paintings recording air fighting, making him one of the pioneers in this field. His war paintings were exhibited in both France and the United States, and later at the Paris Salon in 1933, where his work won a gold medal. He was awarded the French Legion of Honour for his service in World War One. After the war he returned to live in America, writing and publishing a semi-autobiographical account of his wartime service, 'Sky Fighters of France', in 1919. He died in the United States in October 1934.