Théodule-Augustin Ribot initially studied at the École des Arts et Métiers de Châlons until he moved to Paris when he was 22. At first, he decorated mirror frames and is mostly self-taught as a painter.
In the late 1850s, he started to paint more earnestly, often only finding time at night. When he exhibited his work for the first time in 1861, they were bought by collectors and he went on to win medals at later shows.
Ribot often painted still-lifes, scenes of domestic life, and portraits. He preferred to paint and draw directly from nature, his style emphasising the contrast of dark and light.
The University Art Collection holds two works by Théodule-Augustin Ribot.