Auguste-Jean Gaudin was born at Argentré-du-Plessis near Rennes and studied at the École des Beaux-Arts of Rennes. He was in the French Army from 1940 to 1945 and was a prisoner of war in Germany. His career as a printmaker essentially began after his release from captivity. He was a member of the Société des Peintres- Graveurs and as of 1954 was professor at the École des Beaux Arts of Douai. His brief biography in the B.N. Inv. Rates him in the first rank of contemporary printmakers.